The Hood River Bridge Replacement Bistate Working Group (BSWG) invites the community to give feedback on whether to locate the Primary Place of Business or headquarters for the new Bistate Bridge Commission in Oregon or Washington. Community input is important to this decision as it may impact project funding for the new bridge and future toll increases. The survey is open from Dec. 2 to Dec. 19, 2022, at bit.ly/headquarterssurvey.Read More
On Friday, Oct. 14, 2022, the Port of Hood River and the Bi-State Working Group hosted legislators from Oregon and Washington and described the urgent need to replace the Hood River-White Salmon Interstate Bridge and requested support for additional state funding for the new bridge. Over 30 legislators and staff attended and discussed why the Gorge communities strongly support replacing the bridge on an accelerated timeline.Read More
On Wednesday, August 24, members of Washington and Oregon’s federal and state congressional delegation met with the Port of Hood River and members of the Bi-State Working Group (BSWG) to tour the area and discuss the future of the Hood River-White Salmon Interstate Bridge. The event featured a drive across the current bridge to the headquarters of Mt. Adams Fruit in Bingen, Washington, an eRail ride at the Mt. Hood Railroad Depot in Hood River, Oregon and an eBike ride along the Mosier Tunnels Trail.Read More
*** SCHEDULE UPDATE *** – Due to severe heat in the forecast, bridge inspections will begin at 5:00 A.M., 90 minutes earlier than previously announced. Minimal delays are expected, but flaggers will be on the bridge directing traffic around the moving work zone.
Bridge engineers and inspection crews from ODOT contractor David Evans & Associates will be on the Hood River-White Salmon Interstate bridge Tuesday through Thursday, July 26-28 to conduct the ODOT-required bridge inspections. Flaggers will be on the bridge directing traffic around the moving work zone starting at 5:00 a.m. through 2:00 p.m. each day. Motorists should expect delays of approximately 20 minutes during these hours, depending on traffic volume. For more information, please contact the Port via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.Read More
HOOD RIVER, ORE. – On Monday, June 13, the Gorge region’s entire federal congressional delegation sent a letter to United State Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg expressing unanimous support for the Port of Hood River and Klickitat County’s joint grant application to help fund replacement of the Hood River-White Salmon Interstate Bridge. Submitted in May, the grant application seeks $195 million from the FY2022 INFRA/MEGA/Rural Multimodal Project Discretionary Grant program. In the Notice of Funding Opportunity issued March 22, USDOT combined three major discretionary grant programs into one Multimodal Projects Discretionary Grant opportunity to distribute $2.9 billion now available for major infrastructure projects as part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.
The letter, signed by Oregon Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden and Representatives Cliff Bentz and Earl Blumenauer and Washington Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell and Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler note that a successful award “will build on the nearly $100 million that has already been raised for this project, leveraging additional construction funding from a variety of sources.” Kevin Greenwood, the Port’s bridge replacement project director, thanked Dan Mahr, field representative for Senator Merkley for his work to coordinate the effort to gather signatures from the seven congressional offices. The letter to Secretary Buttigieg highlights the work of the Bi-State Bridge Replacement Working Group, noting that both state legislatures have authorized the creation of a new Bi-State Bridge Authority that would own and maintain the new bridge.
Greenwood stressed the importance of the bi-state, bi-cameral, bi-partisan support for the project saying, “The practice of entities from both sides of the river working together and submitting joint applications with support from the congressional delegation is proving to be a successful strategy. The project had another joint application from the Port and Klickitat County awarded last year as well that provided $5 million in funding from the BUILD program – the only successful application in both states.”
For more information, contact Greenwood via email to email@example.com.Read More