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Deis On New Columbia River Bridge Now Available

Copies available at White Salmon library

A draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) for the State Route 35 Columbia River bridge project is now available for public review.

The purpose of the SR 35 project is to improve transportation across the Columbia River between Bingen-White Salmon and Hood River by replacing the Hood River Toll Bridge. The DEIS evaluates the environmental impacts of a proposed new bridge that would be built in approximately the same location as the current bridge.

The new bridge would provide for all means of travel: cars, trucks, transit, bicycle, and pedestrians. It would also be constructed to improve navigation along the river. The bridge is expected to be a two-lane, fixed span bridge with bicycle and pedestrian facilities. The bridge would be designed to accommodate a third lane if traffic levels warrant in the future.

The existing bridge would be demolished after completion of the new bridge.

The DEIS is available for review at the Hood River County Library and the White Salmon Valley Community Library. Copies of the DEIS can also be requested by e-mailing Dale Robins at: dale@rtc.wa.gov or by calling (360) 397-6067, ext. 5212.

Written comments can be sent to Dale Robins, Regional Transportation Council, P.O. Box 1366, Vancouver, Wash., 98666. Comments will be accepted through Feb. 16.

A public open house/hearing will be held on Jan. 22 at the Best Western Hood River Inn. The meeting will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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