Clackamas County commissioners have long expressed concerns about the potential impact of the proposed $3.5 billion Columbia River Crossing project.
Among the biggest concerns: the increased congestion on I-205 and the Glenn Jackson Bridge to Washington in the event the project moves forward with the current plan, which calls for tolling the I-5 bridge but not the Glenn Jackson Bridge.
On Feb. 7, Clackamas County's new chairman, John Ludlow, will introduce a resolution saying the commission "strongly objects" to the project moving forward in its current form, adding a list of new objections.
Here's a draft of the resolution (PDF):
RESOLUTION TO OPPOSE THE
COLUMBIA RIVER CROSSING (CRC) WHEREAS, the nearly $5.5 Billion cost of the CRC will result in significant losses of state and federal funding opportunities for our future county and city transportation infrastructure needs; and WHEREAS, new fees and taxes will likely be required and imposed upon our citizenry without the opportunity for voter approval; and
WHEREAS, there is abundant evidence of widespread and overwhelming public opposition; and WHEREAS, there are better plans available which will provide significant savings and gain public support; and
WHEREAS, we (as elected officials) are obligated to speak up for our citizenry and to protect vital future funding sources; and WHEREAS, it is important for elected officials to stand up and be counted on what may be the largest transportation project in state history, NOW, THEREFORE, THE CLACKAMAS COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS RESOLVES AS FOLLOWS:
The Clackamas County Commission hereby directs the County Administrator to notify all of those concerned with the CRC, including ODOT, WDOT, TriMet, C-Tran, Metro, the City of Portland, the City of Vancouver, the Washington and Oregon Governorsâ offices, both State Legislatures, and Congressional delegates that:
The Clackamas County Commission strongly objects to the efforts to commit any funding to the Columbia River Crossing as currently planned;
That Clackamas County urges all other Oregon and Washington cities and counties to stand up and be counted on this very important matter.