A Bridge Too Low

The CRC isn’t eager to redesign a bridge that should be taller.

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The proposed Columbia River Crossing has turned into a high-stakes limbo dance: How low can the bridge go? CRC officials say they are trying to fix one of the most embarrassing problems with the troubled $3.5 billion Interstate 5 project: The...   More
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Oregon Election Results Good for CRC Backers

Critics of $3.5 Billion Highway Projects Lose; Champion Likely House Speaker


Backers of the proposed $3.5 billion Columbia River Crossing project suffered a defeat in Washington last night when Clark County voters rejected a ballot measure that would help pay for operations of the light-rail component of the project. The latest numbers show the measure, which would provide $2.5 million annually for operations of the proposed Portland-to-Vancouver MAX expansion, failing 56 percent ...   More
Wednesday, November 7, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Murmurs: CRC Budget Irregularities and First Responder Bragdon

Today is the first day of the 2016 campaign.

The founder of HemCon Medical Technologies, the bankrupt Portland-based medical bandage company, wasn’t happy to see a blistering letter from one of his investors, divorce lawyer Jody Stahancyk,   More
Wednesday, November 7, 2012 WW Editorial Staff

One Question: Would You Vote to Permit Construction of the CRC in its Current Form?

The City of Portland has been a minor player in the proposed $3.5 billion Columbia River Crossing—with its wide freeway bridges and light rail to Vancouver, Wash. But the mega-project will pro   More
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 TROY BRYNELSON

Murmurs: A Columbia River... Tunnel?

Taking the CRC debate underground.

Mayoral candidate Jefferson Smith has released a 1994 settlement agreement that got him off the hook for a misdemeanor assault charge. Smith, then a University of Oregon student, injured a woman   More
Wednesday, October 3, 2012 WW Editorial Staff

Throw Voters From the Train

A Clark County measure to fund light rail has become a referendum on the CRC.

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The Columbia River Crossing is already in big trouble.  The proposed Interstate 5 spans between Oregon and Washington have a flawed design, the backers lack firm plans to...   More
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Hales and Smith on the CRC: Not So Different


The two mayoral candidates, State Rep. Jefferson Smith and former City Commissioner Charlie Hales, turned in their responses to the Portland Business Alliance's candidate questionnaire recently. Their entire answers are worth reading but of particular note are their responses to the PBA's question about the proposed $3.5 billion Columbia River Crossing project, which is a top priority for the business ...   More
Tuesday, September 11, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Obama's "Jump Start" of CRC Project Awfully Familiar

President Bush did the same thing in 2008


On Saturday, The Oregonian broke what seemed like big news on the front page of the Metro section under the headline "Obama to speed CRC project." The story explained that President Obama is giving the the stalled Columbia River Crossing project "expedited" status. “The Administration is committed to doing its part to help communities across the country move forward with these critical projects ...   More
Monday, August 20, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

The Toll Under the Bridge

Seattle’s experience shows the CRC’s projections are flimsier than ever.

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It’s human nature: Start charging people for something they’ve been getting for free, and many won’t want it anymore. Take, for example, a new toll for a bridge. In the Seattle area, one out   More
Wednesday, June 20, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Still Big, Still Costly

CRC backers claim the $3.5 billion project is “downsizing.” That’s not true—not even close.

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Backers of the proposed $3.5 billion freeway bridge across the Columbia River say they’ve gotten the message: The project is too big and expensive. That’s why Gov. John Kitzhaber’s chief   More
Wednesday, February 8, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS


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