Have You Seen The Big Bridge?

A picture's worth a thousand words. So why are there so little of the CRC?


The Oregon House voted Monday to pony up $450 million in bonds for a bill to help fund the Columbia River Crossing. The Senate is expect to vote on the bill next week. So as the $3.4 billion mega-project hurtles towards receiving the green light, what is the final product going to look like? We’re not totally sure. As BikePortand pointed out in a blog post this morning, visual renderings ...   More
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 by Matt Kauffman

DeFazio on Sausage-Making

Rep. Peter Defazio

You know the adage, "The making of laws is like the making of sausages—the less you know about the process the better"?  This famous line, (which some credit German leader Otto Von Bismarck for uttering) would apply to the following clip from our interview with U.S. Rep Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.).  The bill is the Transportation Bill, which disburses gas tax and other revenues to finance roads, ...   More
Thursday, July 5, 2012

All Aboard!

The CRC’s backers want to use an obscure law for light rail to win approval for the freeway.

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Backers of the $3.6 billion Columbia River Crossing are working to keep the Interstate 5 bridge project from facing the same scrutiny other highway projects do under Oregon’s land-use laws. Inste   More
Wednesday, August 3, 2011 BRENT WALTH

Putting the CRC on Notice

Lawmakers want more accountability on the $3.6 billion I-5 bridge project.

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For most of the 2011 legislative session, lawmakers have avoided debating the massive Columbia River Crossing, a $3.6 billion proposal to build a new bridge and widen Interstate 5 at the Oregon-Was   More
Wednesday, June 8, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

A Streetcar Named Desire

The proposed Lake Oswego streetcar won’t reduce congestion, nor will it cost city taxpayers a bundle.

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When Mayor Sam Adams and his council colleagues vote April 20 whether to move forward with a streetcar extension to Lake Oswego, they will do so before answering many key questions. “There’s a    More
Wednesday, April 13, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Serving Two Masters

Kitzhaber’s Columbia River Crossing adviser also works for the project’s biggest contractor.

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The Columbia River Crossing has occupied much of Gov. John Kitzhaber’s attention since his election last fall.    More
Wednesday, March 2, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

City Hall: Mayor's Chief of Staff to Replace Transportation Director (Updated)

Yesterday's shuttle diplomacy between City Hall and the Portland Building, a main hub for the city's bureaus, produced a result today: Tom Miller, Mayor Sam Adams' chief of staff, will replace Sue Keil, who yesterday announced she would retire in May, the mayor's office has announced. Miller will take over at the transportation bureau on Jan 25, and Keil will stay on the job for several months ...   More
Friday, January 7, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

The Story Behind Bike Count 2009: Portland Bureaucrats' Mad Search For Context

As City Council this afternoon considers the Bicycle Plan for 2030, it will grapple with how to fund the ambitious program. Weeks ago, Portland Bureau of Transportation officials grappled with a different equation: How to explain Portland's first dip in bicycle ridership since 1995. WW created that problem. Back in December, WW published findings from an initial report that transportation ...   More
Thursday, February 4, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Mayor Sam Adams Heads to Canada, Then D.C.

Mayor Sam Adams headed to Canada yesterday to attend the Ontario Bike Summit and a green-building conference in Toronto. He'll be in Washington, D.C., on Thursday and Friday for the U.S. Conference of Mayors fall leadership meeting. The mayor's travel companions to Canada include executives from Gerding Edlen, which just got a $3.2 million city subsidy for its new Vestas project in the Pearl, ...   More
Monday, September 20, 2010 BETH SLOVIC


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