CRC: ODOT Says the Numbers Pencil; Cortright Says Beware


The Oregon Department of Transportation this afternoon released its long-awaited investment grade analysis of the proposed $2.8 billion Oregon-only Columbia River Crossing project. The highway department's conclusion: there will be enough traffic paying tolls to support construction. "The key finding from this analysis on toll-generated revenue and financing concludes that tolling the I-5 bridge produces ...   More
Tuesday, January 7, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

The Toll Truth

Drivers would flock to I-205 to avoid paying tolls for the Columbia River Crossing.

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Only about half as many cars would use the Columbia River Crossing as Oregon officials have previously claimed, and far more vehicles would choke the Interstate 205 Bridge as drivers dodged tolls    More
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Tolls on the Columbia River Crossing Will Max Out Interstate 205

New Public Records Unveil Massive Exodus from Interstate 5


Only about half as many cars would use the Columbia River Crossing than previously predicted, and far more will choke the Interstate 205 bridge as drivers try to avoid paying tolls, according to new information uncovered by Portland economist Joe Cortright.Plans for tolling Interstate 5 at the CRC will cause Interstate 205 to reach capacity. Meanwhile, traffic on Interstate 5 will plummet to half ...   More
Monday, September 23, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Cortright Analysis of CRC Traffic Study: Tolls Will Generate Massive Diversion


Portland economist Joe Cortright has taken a hard look (PDF) at a February tolling study produced for the $3.4 billion Columbia River Crossing Project by the consulting firm CDM Smith. Cortright findings cast further doubt on the assumptions about traffic volumes over the proposed new bridge and the tolling revenue that is supposed to provide the biggest portion of the project's financing. Here's a ...   More
Thursday, April 4, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Obama's "Jump Start" of CRC Project Awfully Familiar

President Bush did the same thing in 2008


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." The story explained that President Obama is giving the the stalled Columbia River Crossing project "expedited" status. “The Administration is committed to doing its part to help communities across the country move forward with these critical projects ...   More
Monday, August 20, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS


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