Work is proceeding on the I-5 West Coast Green Highway Project, the effort to build the nation’s first “electric highway” along the freeway from the Canadian border to the southern border of Oregon. Yesterday, officials announced that construction is now under way on the first “fast-charging” station in Washington, being built at a shopping center in Bellingham. The goal is to build charging stations every 40 to 60 miles along the freeway, including one in the Kelso-Longview area. The exact site hasn’t been determined, but it’s expected to be within a mile of the freeway; most are being built at stores or shopping centers in close proximity to the freeway. These stations are part of a joint public-private effort involving Washington, Oregon, California and British Columbia, preparing the infrastructure to serve electric cars and other vehicles using alternative fuels. It’s planned that the station will be up and running by this spring. This would be the area’s second electric car charging station; there’s currently a station available at Columbia Nissan on 7th Avenue in Longview, with one “level 2″ charger available to the public during the hours that the dealership is open.