Top Columbia River Crossing Backer Bruce Starr Won’t Vote for CRC Bill

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The chances of the Oregon Legislature passing a Columbia River Crossing bill have taken a major hit. State Sen. Bruce Starr (R-Hillsboro) announced in a statement this afternoon that he will not vote for pending CRC legislation if it comes to the floor during this February's session. Starr, who has focused on transportation issues his entire legislative career, has been a major proponent of the ...   More
 
Thursday, February 20, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Columbia River Crossing Proponents Offer Amendments to Keep Project Alive

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Proponents of the $2.8 billion Columbia River Crossing project have shown their hands. Prior to the current 35-day legislative session, Gov. John Kitzhaber laid down conditions for his continued support for the project. "Oregon must either decisively move the project to construction or refocus and reprioritize our resources. A project in limbo is the worst and most expensive outcome for Oregon, ...   More
 
Monday, February 24, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

State Senator's Solution to CRC Toll Deadbeats? Boot 'Em

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Last week, an email State Sen. Lee Beyer (D-Springfield) sent to Washington State Sen. Ann Rivers (R-La Center) made headlines, because Beyer, the chairman of the Senate's Business and Transportation Committee and the co-chairman of the interim Columbia River Crossing oversight committee told Rivers in a Jan. 17 email  "my guess is the bridge issue is dead in our state for the next decade or two."That ...   More
 
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Leading CRC Supporter Says Oregon "Done With The Bridge Issue"

"The bridge issue is dead in our state," a key Oregon lawmaker says. The House speaker disagrees.

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One of the strongest legislative supporters of the proposed Columbia River Crossing project, Sen. Lee Beyer (D-Springfield), chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, appears to have given up on the project, according to an email obtained by the The Columbian. Gov. John Kitzhaber and other backers of the CRC went all-in with a Jan. 14 legislative hearing in Salem designed to rally support for ...   More
 
Friday, January 24, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Port of Portland Rallying Support For CRC Hearing

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Port of Portland lobbyist Annette Price convened a meeting of leading business lobbyists yesterday to plan strategy ahead of a Jan. 14 legislative hearing on the proposed Oregon-only Columbia River Crossing project. The Legislature's approval for the project has expired, and Gov. John Kitzhaber is hoping lawmakers will revive the CRC in the upcoming February legislative session.Price's email lays out ...   More
 
Thursday, January 9, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

CRC: ODOT Says the Numbers Pencil; Cortright Says Beware

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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

Ethics Commission Delays Decision on Patricia McCaig

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As expected, the Oregon Government Ethics Commission this morning extended its investigation into the activities of Patricia McCaig, Gov. John Kitzhaber's advisor on the Columbia River Crossing project, for another month. A WW cover story last year described the ways in which McCaig, who in addition to advising Kitzhaber, draw a paycheck from the engineering firm David Evans and Associates, the top ...   More
 
Friday, January 3, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

CRC: ODOT Trying to Build Tolling System From Scratch

Oregon wants to spend tens of millions to replicate Washington's expertise

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The Oregon Department of Transportation is still hard at work trying to figure out how to pursue an Oregon-only version of the Columbia River Crossing Project. In a Nov. 4 memo (PDF) to State Treasurer Ted Wheeler, ODOT executive director Matthew Garrett introduced another level of complexity to his agency's task: ODOT, which doesn't currently operate any major tolling operations, would have to build ...   More
 
Tuesday, November 5, 2013 by Nigel Jaquiss

Sen. President Courtney: No CRC Special Session

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Senate President Peter Courtney (D-Salem) issued a statement today expressing his desire for hearings on the Oregon-only version of the Columbia River Crossing project championed by Gov. John Kitzhaber and House Speaker Tina Kotek (D-Portland). Courtney has been far less enthusiastic than the other two about the project since Washington lawmakers refused to match Oregon's $450 million contribution ...   More
 
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Confidential Treasury Memo Shows CRC Still Faces Major Hurdles

Oregon-only project is political and legal challenge

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Gov. John Kitzhaber handed state Treasurer Ted Wheeler a difficult assignment last month: the governor asked Wheeler to perform a quick financial analysis of whether Oregon could go it alone on the Columbia River Crossing project. Kitzhaber chose that path after Washington lawmakers this summer refused to provide $450 million to help fund the proposed $3.4 billion effort to build a new interstate bridge, ...   More
 
Friday, September 6, 2013 Andrea Damewood and Nigel Jaquiss

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