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Bridge EIS About 30 Percent Complete

Work on the environmental impact statement for replacement of the Hood River-White Salmon Interstate Bridge continues, with project manager Kevin Greenwood saying they are about 30% complete and on track to finish by the end of 2020.  The EIS is required under the National Environmental Policy Act.  Greenwood says the EIS is a big component to be able to move ahead toward bridge replacement, providing the documentation that paves the way toward finding funding sources.  Greenwood notes there are numerous different technical reviews that must be done in the EIS evaluating the impacts of bridge replacement on issues like noise, visual effects, endangered species, and the historic nature of the bridge in the area.  Those wishing to follow progress of that project can do so at portofhoodriver.com.