Salem, OR - Oregon has agreed to pay nearly $90 million to three manufacturers along the Columbia River if a proposed bridge restricts the size of products they can ship.
The Oregon Department of Transportation released copies of the agreements on Friday.
The cost is not included in the project's advertised price tag, which started at $3.4 billion but was scaled back to $2.75 billion after Washington lawmakers failed to contribute.
The Columbia River Crossing project would replace several miles of Interstate 5, including the bridge between Oregon and Washington, and extend Portland's light rail system into Vancouver.
Under the agreements, Oregon Ironworks would get $12 million, Greenberry Industrial would get $25 million and Thompson Metal Fab would get $50 million.
Project backers hope the U.S. Coast Guard will decide by Sept. 30 whether to issue a bridge permit.
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