Washington's attorney general gives legal go-ahead to Oregon-led CRC
Washington’s top legal office has given the green light to an Oregon-built bridge across the Columbia River, giving added ammunition to project supporters.
A top aide to Attorney General Bob Ferguson issued a letterto Washington Gov. Jay Inslee that states there are no legal barriers to a plan in which Oregon would build the $2.6 billion bridge without financial backing from its neighbor state.
“We see no fatal flaws that would preclude Oregon’s lead on the project,” states the Sept. 19 letter, written by Senior Assistant Attorney General Bryce Brown.
The letter comes on the heels of a similar opinion from the Oregon Department of Justice, and will likely keep the pot churning on the on-again, off-again project. It says the Washington Department of Transportation is free to make agreements with Oregon to build, operate and maintain a bridge that spans the two states.