Planners a deck short of a bridge

Regarding the Friday article, “River users say planned Columbia bridge too low”: One can only speculate how the professional engineers and planners in a couple of state highway departments, The Army Corp of Engineers, probably the Coast Guard, and assorted other federal entities could spend $140 million designing a new interstate bridge over the Columbia River only to discover that it isn’t high enough to accommodate the river’s normal vessel traffic!

Even more embarrassing, that includes the Corp of Engineer’s own dredging vessel. Now they’re saying that a redesign might cost another $100 million. But to their credit, they will attempt to find a means to “salvage” the current design. Anyone care to bet that one of those “planners” will suggest that they simply lower the river?

Lee Fowble