Coast Guard Meeting on Columbia River Crossing is Tonight

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The first of two public U.S. Coast Guard meetings on the Columbia River Crossing is tonight at the Red Lion in Jantzen Beach. The meetings are set to run from 5 pm to 8 pm (the second is tomorrow in Vancouver) and include public testimony. The Coast Guard is still trying to decide if it will grant a vital permit to the $3.5 billion megaproject, which wants to build new Interstate 5 spans at 116 feet ...   More
 
Tuesday, June 4, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

CRC Sticks to 116-Foot Bridge Height, Asks Feds for Approval

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The Columbia River Crossing bridge will be 116 feet high. And despite signs that may not be OK with local Coast Guard officials, the White House may be ready to overrule them.The embattled project submitted a bridge permit, at the urging of federal authorities, to the Coast Guard—which is tasked with making sure bridges won’t impede river traffic—for its approval on Jan. 30. The $3.5 billion ...   More
 
Tuesday, February 5, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

CRC: Bridges Should Be 115 Feet—And No More

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Columbia River Crossing planners appear to have drawn a line in the air: The bridges—designed too low for expect shipping traffic—can be raised to 115 feet or so, but not much more.After what the officials call a “substantial technical analysis,” project leaders told Washington legislators today that 115 feet lets most ships through without adding significantly to the cost and impacts to Hayden ...   More
 
Monday, December 10, 2012 by Andrea Damewood

Conservative Think Tank Calls for CRC Audit

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A right-wing think tank in Washington is pressing the state’s auditor to turn an eye toward the Columbia River Crossing.Seattle-based Washington Policy Center sent a letter to Washington Auditor Brian Sonntag last week, asking for action. The center’s director, Mike Ennis, says he made the request after meeting with the Acuity Group, a Vancouver accounting firm hired by staunch anti-CRC activist ...   More
 
Monday, December 10, 2012 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Coast Guard Says CRC Design Still A Problem

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Last week, proponents of the $3.5 billion Columbia River Crossing project told a legislative oversight committee that the project is aiming at applying for a $850 million of federal money, from a transportation called New Starts, to cover much of the cost of the light rail portion of the project. In the presentation to lawmakers, they made a few things clear. First, to apply for the federal money, ...   More
 
Tuesday, September 18, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

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