Washington Congresswoman Says Columbia River Crossing Backers Lied About Federal Deadlines

Jaime Herrera Beutler says the federal government has already put the project on ice

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Backers of the Columbia River Crossing have been repeating one mantra: The megaproject must be ready to go by Sept. 30 or the federal government will give hundreds of millions in funding.But as the deadline nears—and it's the same day that Kitzhaber will convene a special session for the Oregon Legislature—Kitzhaber has told several news outlets that squeezing an Oregon-only CRC through that day ...   More
Thursday, September 26, 2013 by Andrea Damewood

Plan for Oregon-Only Columbia River Crossing Would Give Washington $71 Million in Sales Tax


Should Gov. John Kitzhaber push through an Oregon-only Columbia River Crossing, Clark County stands to make nearly $71 million in sales tax revenue.The figure was revealed in a document released yesterday by C-Tran, Clark County's transit agency, as part of a financial plan to pay for the operations and maintenance of a light rail line into Vancouver.The C-Tran analysis breaks out the total $2.8 billion ...   More
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

The Toll Truth

Drivers would flock to I-205 to avoid paying tolls for the Columbia River Crossing.

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Only about half as many cars would use the Columbia River Crossing as Oregon officials have previously claimed, and far more vehicles would choke the Interstate 205 Bridge as drivers dodged tolls    More
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Tolls on the Columbia River Crossing Will Max Out Interstate 205

New Public Records Unveil Massive Exodus from Interstate 5


Only about half as many cars would use the Columbia River Crossing than previously predicted, and far more will choke the Interstate 205 bridge as drivers try to avoid paying tolls, according to new information uncovered by Portland economist Joe Cortright.Plans for tolling Interstate 5 at the CRC will cause Interstate 205 to reach capacity. Meanwhile, traffic on Interstate 5 will plummet to half ...   More
Monday, September 23, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Washington Senator to Oregon Legislators: Let the Columbia River Crossing Die


Washington Sen. Don Benton—part of the Republican majority that tanked $450 million in spending for the Columbia River Crossing this year—sent an open letter to Oregon Legislators today, telling them to do what his state's lawmakers did: let the project die.With an Oregon-only, $2.8 billion CRC expected to be squeezed into Gov. John Kitzhaber's Sept. 30 special session on PERS, Benton ...   More
Friday, September 20, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Bike Activists Launching Anti-Columbia River Crossing Phone Tree


A special session on PERS begins Sept. 30 and, as WW has reported, Gov. John Kitzhaber is pretty likely to try and get a deal on the Columbia River Crossing in as well.Now activists from political action committee Bike Walk Vote are organizing a phone tree to try and stop it.As first pointed out by BikePortland, the political group has launched "Operation CRC: Commotion & Ruckus Campaign." They're ...   More
Thursday, September 19, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Murmurs: No Jokes About the Bridge They Want to Sell You.

The Northwest Grocery Association is pushing hard to privatize liquor sales in Oregon and is seeking political support with the promise of steering $10 million in tax revenues directly to law-enforcem   More
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 WW Editorial Staff

As a Special Session Looms, New Anti-Columbia River Crossing Billboards Arrive


As Gov. John Kitzhaber prepares to call a special session this month, with PERS and the Columbia River Crossing potentially on the docket, another billboard has gone up protesting the CRC.The billboard, located on I-205 near Gladstone and pictured above, reads:"Dear Politicians, No CRC-Light Rail. Build Better Roads. Sincerely, The Voters."The billboard is the work of the Oregon Transformation ...   More
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Environmental Groups Ask Kitzhaber to Toss Oregon-Only Columbia River Crossing Plans


Eleven environmental groups sent a letter to Gov. John Kitzhaber today, pleading with the governor to abandon his plans for an Oregon-only Columbia River Crossing project.The groups, including 1000 Friends of Oregon and the Coalition for a Livable Future, say the "scaled-down" $2.75 billion project—backed only by Oregon coffers—"remains bad public policy for Oregon and the Portland-Vancouver region." ...   More
Friday, September 6, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Columbia River Crossing Payout to Industry: $86 Million


Should the Columbia River Crossing go forward, Oregon taxpayers will pay three manufacturers $86.4 million to compensate for the bridge being built too low.The cost—related to three major mitigation deals struck with manufacturers along the Washington side of the the Columbia River—was released this afternoon as part of a records request by WW and other media.The CRC, now downsized to an Oregon-only ...   More
Friday, August 30, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD


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