Bridge Collapse

The latest news for the Columbia River Crossing is all bad.

News Stories
November is the cruelest month for the Columbia River Crossing project.  After warding off a series of potentially fatal blows, the proposed $2.8 billion Oregon-only project took two headsh   More
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD, NIGEL JAQUISS

Clackamas County Commissioners Demand I-205 Diversion Estimates from Columbia River Crossing


The Clackamas County Board of Commissioners wrote Gov. John Kitzhaber today with a warning: If they don't get good estimates on how tolling the Columbia River Crossing might affect Interstate 205, they'll officially oppose the project.The letter (PDF), dated today, says the commissioners have asked Kitzhaber three times in five years for how tolling Interstate 5 would affect I-205 and "have failed ...   More
Tuesday, October 29, 2013 by Andrea Damewood

Congresswoman Accuses Coast Guard of Stonewalling Information Requests on the Columbia River Crossing


U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Wash.) says that the U.S. Coast Guard is ignoring her requests for emails and communications regarding the Columbia River Crossing—and she's worried they're hiding something.Herrera Beutler, a sophomore Republican from Camas, says she asked more than a month ago for all internal and external communications regarding the $2.7 billion project. She asked the Coast ...   More
Thursday, October 24, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

ODOT Chief: "World Will Not Wait for Columbia River Crossing"


Oregon Department of Transportation Director Matt Garrett is telling business leaders that a special session to fund the Columbia River Crossing must happen this fall, or money and support will fall apart.Reported by Columbian reporter Eric Florip, Garrett addressed a Portland breakfast forum today saying that without a special session, the project won't break ground next year.It's a change from ...   More
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Authorize This

Oregon officials say in court they don’t need lawmakers’ approval to keep spending on the CRC.

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Ever since he pronounced the Columbia River Crossing dead, Gov. John Kitzhaber has been trying to claw his way back from the fatal diagnosis he gave his pet transportation project. Kitzhaber has   More
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Cargo Ship Strikes Florida Bridge With Clearance Higher than the Columbia River Crossing


A major Jacksonville, Fla., bridge has been closed to traffic for more than three weeks after officials there say it took "a significant hit" from a cargo ship being towed below it.The boat hit the Mathews Bridge on Sept. 26, closing the bridge to the estimated 56,000 vehicles that use it daily, the Florida Times-Union reports.The bridge's clearance? 150 feet. That's well higher the planned 116-foot-tall ...   More
Monday, October 14, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Toll On, Columbia

The CRC will gouge Oregon drivers more than previously disclosed.

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Gov. John Kitzhaber is fresh from a successful special legislative session, where he pushed through reforms to the state’s public pension system and raised taxes to add $200 million in school    More
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Inbox: Disciplining Black Students

Letters to the Editor
As members of the School Board, we are committed to accelerating and deepening our efforts to eliminate racial disparities in our schools [“Expel Check,” WW, Sept. 25, 2013]. We want every o   More
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 WW Editorial Staff

New York Bridge Project Shows Potential CRC Risks


Oregon drivers take note: The planned replacement of the Tappan Zee Bridge 25 miles north of New York City offers some insightful information for followers of the Columbia River Crossing project. Like the CRC, the Tappan Zee project, which spans the Hudson River between Westchester and Rockland counties, depends on low-interest federal loans and tolling revenues as central parts of its finance plan. ...   More
Tuesday, October 1, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Coast Guard Grants the Columbia River Crossing a Permit


The U.S. Coast Guard has granted the Columbia River Crossing a permit to build 116-foot-high Interstate 5 bridges between Portland and Vancouver.The approval (PDF) clears one of the final hurdles the once-dead, now revived $2.8 billion megaproject had, and puts its continued existence squarely at the feet of Oregon lawmakers.The project had been expecting a Coast Guard response by Sept. 30: the same ...   More
Friday, September 27, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD


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