The big item still on his to-do list, however, is the $2.8 billion Columbia River Crossing.
Kitzhaber has been desperately trying to convince lawmakers that Oregon can build the bridge by itself.
This Oregon-only approach is at odds with statements he made earlier this year that Oregon needed the state of Washington as a partner for the Interstate 5 project.
Authority to spend $450 million on the project, which lawmakers approved during the regular session, expired Sept. 30, and some lawmakers are now reluctant to support Kitzhaber’s pet project again.
One reason might be the hidden cost to Oregon drivers: Proposed tolls for the bridge for many drivers have more than doubled since estimates in 2011.
The tolls are supposed to cover the $1.9 billion Oregon would have to borrow to build the project—a risk the state, under Kitzhaber’s latest scheme, would have to bear alone.