Oregon Public Broadcasting

Oregon's state treasurer says he doesn't feeling pressured by the prospect of a Sept. 30 deadline, in his consideration of a new I-5 bridge over the Columbia River between Portland and Vancouver.

Columbia River Crossing staff set the deadline to apply for federal funding. Washington State has failed to come up with its share of the money.

But Oregon State Treasurer, Ted Wheeler, says he's not focused on that deadline. He says he's focused on seeing the necessary legal information, financial details and leadership agreements.

Wheeler said, "We're not trying to be stubborn, but we want to be thorough and we want to make sure that the interests of Oregon tax payers are protected. So we've asked for specific information that we need to be able to make the accurate decision as around whether or not this is a go or a no-go. And we're waiting for that information."

A Columbia River Crossing consultant has been rushing to complete an investment-grade analysis of the revised project.

This story originally appeared on Oregon Public Broadcasting.

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