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APR 04, 2013 - The Economist

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The Columbia River Crossing: Bridge of sighs

Abandon hope, all ye who enter here ON THE rare clear days in the Pacific north-west, snow-capped Mount Hood presents a spectacular sight to motorists traversing the Columbia river on the I-5. If they are driving in rush hour, they will have plenty of time to enjoy the view.The mile-long bridge, which links Portland, Oregon with Vancouver in Washington state, is congested for four to six hours a day. Accidents that block one of the two three-lane carriageways can lead to epic traffic jams. Daily bridge lifts for maritime traffic block cars for up to 20 minutes. The I-5 runs the length of the ... Read More

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