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Oregon's Land Use Board of Appeals sided almost entirely with backers of a new Interstate 5 bridge over the Columbia River, but there was one problem that LUBA did find in its new decision. 

Opponents -- including the Coalition for a Livable Future and Plaid Pantries Inc. -- argued that the regional government, Metro, shouldn't have used an accelerated light-rail approval process for what's mostly a highway project.

073010_crc_small.jpgAn artist's rendering of the proposed I-5 bridge.

LUBA said that wasn't a problem. But LUBA agreed with opponents that Metro could not use that process for a project that extends beyond the urban growth boundary out into the Columbia River. Anne Pressentin, with the Columbia River Crossing, said that's a "targeted" issue that won't slow down work on the multi-billion-dollar bridge project.

"We are looking at the options that we have," she said. "We have several. At this point, we're still considering all of them."

Pressentin said one option would be to get Metro to amend the urban growth boundary. The regional council just completed its every-five-years boundary process, and didn't involve the Columbia River. Pressentin said the problem could also be resolved by working with the city of Portland.

This story originally appeared on news.opb.org.