The U.S. Coast Guard is asking the public – and mariners in particular — to weigh in on the navigational element of a proposal for a new Portland-to-Vancouver bridge. This is the first step in the USCG’s bridge permitting process.
The Oregon Department of Transportation and the Washington State Department of Transportation are the agencies leading the bridge replacement program.
The public has until April 25 to comment on a preliminary navigation clearance determination from the Interstate Bridge Replacement Program from Portland to Vancouver, Washington, I-5 twin bridge.
“Maritime transportation system stakeholders (vessels and facilities) are highly encouraged to carefully review this notice and provide comments with regard to the proposed bridge’s ability to meet the needs of navigation to include mariner requirements for horizontal navigation clearances and vertical navigation clearances to include air draft and air gap requirements,” USCG said.
More information is available at https://www.navcen.uscg.gov/D13BN. Feedback can be submitted via email to D13-SMB-D13-BRIDGES@uscg.mil.