New Tri-City bridge? Funding needed first.

New Tri-City bridge? Funding needed first. »Play Video
TRI-CITIES - It's an idea that's been floated for years. Getting a third bridge up and running in the Tri-Cities. Action News has now learned the Columbia River Crossing study is stalled for lack of funding.

The Benton Franklin Council of Government narrowed their options to three locations for a new bridge. But they need between two to ten million dollars to pay for an environmental study.

Officials say the local community would likely not be willing to shell out the cash for that. It's why they're seeking funding options at the state and federal level.

"We understand the growth in the community, the need for economic developemtn and impact, so this is a good project, but it will take some time," said Benton Franklin Council of Government Transportation Director Mark Kushner.

The study lists putting in a new bridge to connect Road 68 to Edison. Another is proposed north of Hanford to Columbia River Road. The study also proposes the option of adding lanes to the existing Blue Bridge.