After Southwest Washington lawmakers led the charge to kill the proposed $3.5 billion Columbia River Crossing project over the weekend, it's only fitting that The Columbian, Southwest Washington's largest newspaper write the project's obituary.  Credit here to Eric Florip of The Columbian for this. 

Here's an excerpt:

"The Columbia River Crossing passed away on Saturday, June 29, 2013, surrounded by friends and enemies in Olympia. The CRC, as it became known, was born in 2005 to parents Wash and Oh Dot.

In honor of the CRC’s passing, the governor has ordered that all flags be flown no higher than 116 feet....The CRC fell gravely ill in 2013 and was placed on life support

near the end of Washington’s legislative session. Ultimately, the

governors of Washington and Oregon decided to end its suffering.

The CRC is survived by its grandfather, the Interstate 5 Bridge;

its Uncle Glenn, the Interstate 205 Bridge; and its stepfather MAX in


Funeral arrangements are pending, though services will be held in

both Vancouver and Portland. MAX was not invited to the Vancouver