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Oregon says Columbia River bridge project is dead

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Department of Transportation says it's shutting down planning for the Columbia River Crossing project after the state Legislature declined to approve funding.

The Transportation Department said Friday that it "will begin the process of orderly archival and closeout" and the project will be shut down completely by the end of May.

ODOT says it will preserve all research, environmental reviews and engineering work for potential use in the future.

Oregon approved funding last year for a new Interstate 5 bridge and light-rail bridge linking Oregon and Washington. But Washington state lawmakers in Olympia never followed suit amid staunch opposition to extending Portland's transit line into Vancouver, Wash.

Proponents tried unsuccessfully to get Oregon to continue the project without Washington. They suggested using state and federal money along with revenue from tolls.

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