Joint Transportation Committee

​Hood River Bridge Bi-State Authority

The Washington State Legislature directed the Joint Transportation Committee (JTC) to contract for legal advice to analyze and recommend options for a bi-state bridge authority to build and operate a bridge to replace the current span connecting Hood River, Oregon and White Salmon, Washington. 

The JTC's consulting attorney is to identify and recommend a statutory vehicle required to authorize the bi-state bridge authority to:

  • Issue bonds for bridge construction;
  • Collect tolls; and
  • Secure and administer state or federal grants and loans.

The JTC contracted with the Legislature's independent bond council, Pacifica Law Group, to provide the analysis.  Working with the Bi-State Working Group overseeing the bridge project, Pacifica developed recommendations for creation of a governing authority with the necessary authority. The JTC's legal consultant will present her conclusions to the JTC at its September 23, 2021 meeting.

Budget:     $50,000
JTC Staff:     Paul Neal, Dave Catterson
STC & HTC Staff:     Kim Johnson, David Munnecke
Report Due Date:     September 30, 2021     ​

Presented at JTC Meeting 9-23-21:  
Hood River Bridge Study​     

Final Legal Memo - Hood River Bridge Bi-State Authority​     


​If you have questions about this study, please contact:

Paul Neal, JTC Staff,

Dave Catterson, JTC Staff,