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Port of HR Pushes Ahead With Bridge Replacement Planning

The Port of Hood River is going to push ahead with preparing a request for proposal for engineering, environmental feasibility study, and financial feasibility assessment work on a potential new Interstate Bridge after learning the Oregon Department of Transportation may make five million dollars for those projects approved by the Legislature this summer available by the start of next year.  Port Commissioners held a worksession on the bridge replacement project this week.  Port Executive Director Michael McElwee says ODOT has indicated they will be preparing a draft agreement to make the money available as soon as January, so the Port will be starting the RFP process.  Port Commissioners have decided to wait on seeking federal funding at this point, with McElwee noting the current federal transportation program favors projects ready for construction.