Columbia River Crossing Officials Call State Land Use Ruling a Victory


Officials running the project to build a new Interstate 5 bridge over the Columbia River say they see this week's ruling by a state land use review board as a victory for the project. The Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA) turned back 11 out of 12 challenges brought by opponents of the project, but sent the project back to Metro, the area's regional government. The reason: Metro granted land ...   More
Friday, October 28, 2011 WW Staff

Columbia River Crossing Project is Rejected By State Land Use Board


The push to build the massive Columbia River Crossing project hit the wall Thursday when a state land use board said Metro failed to follow the law when it gave its blessing to the freeway bridge. The Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA) said Metro didn’t have the authority to grant its approval from the $3.5 billion freeway project when it used an obscure 1996 law aimed at siting light rail lines. Metro ...   More
Thursday, October 27, 2011 WW Staff

The Runaway Bridge Budget

State transportation officials stood by as planning costs for the Interstate 5 Columbia River Crossing ballooned.

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The freeway project Oregon and Washington want to build across the Columbia River has already cost taxpayers $136 million.   More
Wednesday, October 26, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Déjà Vu Voodoo

While recycling news about “savings,” the I-5 bridge project has hidden costs we’ll all have to pay.

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The people running the Columbia River Crossing project veered into Orwellian territory last week when they announced they had found $100 million in savings    More
Wednesday, August 31, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

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 Bridge Too False

Turns out most of the case for the $3.6 billion Columbia River Crossing Isn’t true.

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If anyone should love the idea of creating jobs and boosting the Oregon economy, it’s Katie Eyre Brewer.  Eyre Brewer is a freshman Republican representative from Hillsboro, as well as a form   More
Wednesday, June 1, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Bi-Partisan Group of 20 House Members Dings CRC


After years of debate about the proposed Columbia River Crossing project, backers of the bridge, lightrail and highway project have failed to convince some pretty key stakeholders that the project will reduce congestion, can be completed anywhere close to its $3.2 billion-$3.6 billion tentative budget—or is even necessary.That, at least, is the takeaway from a straightforward letter [PDF] submitted ...   More
Tuesday, March 29, 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

Collymore Concedes Multnomah County Race; Smith Thanks Supporters

At 8:05 pm, Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogen took the microphone in a crowded bar to announce his aide, Karol Collymore, had lost the race to represent North and Northeast Portland on the county commission. His conclusion came right after the first results showed Collymore losing to Loretta Smith 36 percent to 63 percent. "It was an amazing campaign; she did a phenomenal job," Cogen said ...   More
Tuesday, November 2, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Kitzhaber Says Oregon "Open For Business"; Will Lobby For CRC

Gov.-elect John Kitzhaber went on the offensive today, addressing head-on questions about whether he will devote sufficient attention to the economy and private-sector job growth. After Kitzhaber's post-election press conference last week, media coverage of his remarks focused on his interest in protecting the environment, even though Kitzhaber specifically stated jobs would be his top priority ...   More
Wednesday, November 10, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS


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