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Both states must show the federal government they are making progress on the project or Oregon would owe about $93 million and Washington would owe $54 million.

PMG FILE PHOTO - The I-5 bridfge between Portland and Vancouver.Before the Washington state Legislature adjourned late Sunday night, they passed a transportation budget. And tucked inside the $9.8 billion two-year budget was $35 million dedicated to renewed efforts to replace the Interstate 5 bridge.

The money will be used to open and operate an Interstate-5 bridge project office and help fund design work.

"It's time to put our money where our mouth is and demonstrate how this process differs from past practices," Washington state Sen. Annette Cleveland, D-Vancouver, said in a statement.

Gov. Kate Brown, who has been in talks with Washington Gov. Jay Inslee about reviving a plan to replace the aging bridge, said Oregon is ready to join their counterparts across the river.

"Replacing the Interstate Bridge is critical to the economies and communities of both Oregon and Washington," Brown said in a statement.

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