Stuck in the likely path of a new I-5 bridge, Vancouver property owners struggle with uncertainty

The project is still a long way from acquiring property, but some owners think they’re probably on the list — and they’re frustrated by the lack of information.

VANCOUVER, Wash. — The Interstate Bridge Replacement (IBR) is still slowly moving through the federal environmental review process, aiming for 2026 to start construction on the $6 billion megaproject that will replace the Interstate 5 bridge over the Columbia River, extend a light rail line to Vancouver and upgrade much of the surrounding five miles of freeway.

Those add-ons are going to take up additional space along I-5, raising the specter of eminent domain. IBR isn’t far enough

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