PORTLAND, Ore. — Columbia River Crossing planners have been sued over the proposed 95-foot height of a new Interstate 5 bridge between Vancouver and Portland.
A Vancouver, Wash., company that makes oil drilling rigs, Thompson Metal Fab, said the bridge would block the enormous steel products it barges down the river. It’s already a tight squeeze under the existing bridge with its lift span raised to 179 feet above the water.
The Oregonian reported that the lawsuit was filed before a July 3 deadline.
Columbia River Crossing spokeswoman Many Putney said it’s still talking with Thompson and is confident of finding a solution.
The Coast Guard and Corps of Engineers also say a 95-foot high bridge with no lift span is too low.
Two environmental groups also sued the Columbia River Crossing.