February 13th, 2014 | by NIGEL JAQUISS News | Posted In: Legislature, Business, Transportation

Split House Transportation Committee Moves CRC Bill

     
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lede_3917_(crc_bw) The Proposed Columbia River Crossing - IMAGE: columbiarivercrossing.org

The House Committee on Transportation and Economic Development today voted six to four to move a bill that would keep the Oregon-only version of the Columbia River Crossing project alive. The vote came after six hours of public testimony over two days, and went through on a party line basis.

House Bill 4113 now moves to the budget-writing Joint Ways and Means Committee, where members who have previously raised concerns—including Sen. Betsy Johnson (D-Scappose) and House Minority Leader Mike McClane (R-Powell)—are likely to give the concept of Oregon shouldering the $2.8 billion project on its own a more skeptical reception. 

"Oregon House Republicans join our colleagues, business leaders and transportation advocates in agreeing the current I-5 Bridge needs to be replaced," McLane said today in a statement. "An Oregon-only approach, however, places considerable financial risk on Oregon taxpayers generally, and the ability of our city and county governments to fund their infrastructure."

 
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