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

The Cause of Michele Bachmann’s Migraines.

He’s not up for re-election until 2016, but U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) held a big-ticket fundraiser on Aug. 3 in Washington, D.C. The lunchtime event asked $2,500 from “co-hosts” and $5,000    More
Wednesday, August 17, 2011 WW Editorial Staff

BREAKING: Treasurer's Report Blows Major Hole in CRC Finance Plan


State Treasurer Ted Wheeler today presented Gov. John Kitzhaber with a the results (PDF) of a two-month review of key assumptions about the financial plan for the proposed $3.6 billion Columbia River Crossing Project between Portland and Vancouver, Wash.The takeaway from two consultants Wheeler hired to review the CRC's projections—the cost assumptions seem reasonable but traffic and toll revenue ...   More
Wednesday, July 20, 2011 by Nigel Jaquiss

Governors Stiff-Arm Local Pols On CRC: "Project Can't Afford Delays"

Last month, Portland Mayor Sam Adams, Metro Council President David Bragdon, Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt and Clark County Chair Steve Stuart wrote to the governors of Washington and Oregon asking for a meeting "as soon as scheduling will allow." Those local pols' goal? To address their concerns have about the proposed $3.6 billion Columbia River Crossing bridge project. The schedules for Oregon ...   More
Wednesday, February 17, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Watch the Video: ODOT Makes Promises on CRC—Will It Keep Them?

As the endless process grinds on around the possible development of a new bridge between Vancouver and Portland, it's sometimes hard to remember who said what to whom about the Columbia River Crossing and when they said it. In the wake of a recent letter from the governors of Oregon and Washington urging the project proceed despite a variety of concerns, David Osborn at the Stop the CRC Coalition ...   More
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS


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