A new era dawned for Clark County when the Glenn Jackson Bridge opened on Interstate 205 Dec. 15, 1982, after five and a half years of construction. On opening day, Oregon and Washington's governors joined ribbons to mark completion of the 11,750-foot bridge of gracefully curved concrete.
Suddenly remote parts of east Clark County were within minutes of a freeway link to Oregon. Attracted by lower housing costs, people began moving into the county in droves. The explosive growth continued in east Vancouver during the 1990s. In 1997, the average number of daily crossings on the I-205 bridge eclipsed Interstate Bridge traffic for the first time.
With the annexation of a large chunk of eastern Clark County, Vancouver became the fourth largest city in Washington.