SAN FRANCISCO – The Columbia River Crossing project, a $3.4 billion plan to replace the aged Interstate 5 bridges connecting Portland, Ore. and Vancouver, Wash., could hit a major roadblock if Washington lawmakers balk at contributing money.

In March, Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber signed legislation committing the state to its $450 million share of the project, which would not only replace the I-5 crossing, but also upgrade five miles of the highway, extend Portland’s light rail system across the river and state line into downtown Vancouver, and improve facilities for bicyclists and pedestrians.

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