On Saturday, The Oregonian broke what seemed like big news on the front page of the Metro section under the headline "Obama to speed CRC project."

"President Bush Issues Order to Expedite Columbia River Crossing

On August 5, 2008, President Bush designated the Columbia River Crossing, also known as the Interstate 5 Bridge between Portland, OR, and Vancouver, WA, as a priority project under E.O. 13274. This designation was requested jointly by the Oregon and Washington Departments of Transportation. For more information, visit the Priority Project section of this website or view the U.S. DOT press release."