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Road 100 -- out of proposed bridge project

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KENNEWICK, Wash., --  The Columbia River Crossing Study Steering Committee decided today to take out the bridge connecting Richland and Kennewick using Columbia Center Blvd to Road 100 today.  The committee agreed that there were too many potential issues with that location because it would be near Bateman Island, which has Native American burial sites.

Bill Clark, committee chairman, who also is a Port of Pasco commissioner says this project is necessary if the Tri-Cities continue to grow.  "there's an old saying if you fail to plan, then you plan to fail.  We do have some congestion problems.  They're not extraordinarily serious on the blue bridge, but they do need to be addressed in the future.  But I think what we're trying to do is address a bigger issue, and that is what do we think the growth is going to be like in 20 years and what do we need to do to address that growth now, to plan for it," says Clark.

The bridge project is at about 10-15 years away and would cost more than $100 million. 

The sites still in the running are:

* From North Richland area to Franklin County using Sagemoor Road.
* Between Kennewick and Pasco using Edison Street and Road 68.
* A new bridge adjacent to the Highway 395 blue bridge between Kennewick and Pasco.
The Columbia River Crossing Study Steering Committee is again meeting in November to discuss more of the project details. Al King, the project manager from the consulting engineering firm HW Lochner of Lacey says best case scenario construction would not begin for at least five years.