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Umatilla County Opposes Bridge Project

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PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) - Umatilla County and the city of Pendleton are divided by a bridge they co-own.

The Pendleton City Council has voted to replace a 104-year-old bridge that spans the Umatilla River, but county board of commissioners oppose the project.

The East Oregonian reports the bridge's center support beam has eroded and the foundation is cracked, making it too weak to support big vehicles, such as fire engines.

The city won a $7.42 million federal grant for the project, but local agencies must provide about 10 percent of the total, or $762,000.

The city proposed to evenly split the cost with the county. But commissioners say the county doesn't have $381,000.