A Bridge Too False

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

Cover Story
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.

News Stories
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

Columbia River Crossing Comes Back to Life

Now that the federal government has decided infrastructure spending may provide a path out of the recession, the proposed $4.2 billion Columbia Crossing Bridge may be more than just a dream for the Departments of Transportation in Oregon and Washington. Since rolling out the initial Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) in May, project organizers — namely the two states' transportation ...   More
Tuesday, November 18, 2008 NIGEL JAQUISS

Congressman Raises Big Bucks Questions About Columbia River Crossing

When an area congressman from the majority party raises red flags about a huge project like the Columbia River Crossing it's pretty noteworthy. And Tuesday's Columbian quoted U.S. Rep. Brian Baird (D-Wash.) as raising those concerns with some provocative comments (PDF) questioning the crossing's financing and concluding the project might need to be scaled back. He told the Vancouver newspaper ...   More
Thursday, April 9, 2009 HANK STERN

Proposed Mega-Bridge Drifts Toward Gridlock

The big official news recently about the proposed Columbia River Crossing bridge between Portland and Vancouver is the shaving of the price-tag from $4.2 billion to $3.6 billion. Today, the Project Sponsors Council (which includes local electeds, transit officials and Department of Transportation officials from Washington and Oregon) punted on whether to vote to approve the down-sized option. ...   More
Friday, December 4, 2009 NIGEL JAQUISS

April Fools' Cover Hits WW Boxes

We did double-takes all over town this morning when we passed WW boxes that had the above wraparound above as the cover instead of the one we put out yesterday (the image below) Turns out Portland Rising Tide is the culprit behind the April Fools' prank, boasting on its web site that volunteers "blasted the city with over 3,000 fake newspaper covers wrapping the Willamette Week. With content ...   More
Thursday, April 1, 2010 Story Forum Editor


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