If the CRC is dead, why are state officials still seeking permission to build it?

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About 25 opponents of the now-defunct Columbia River Crossing raised their drinks at Produce Row’s bar July 12 to celebrate the megaproject’s death. The happy hour included activists, econ   More
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Kitzhaber's Top Columbia River Crossing Adviser, Patricia McCaig, Under Ethics Investigation


The Oregon Government Ethics Commission today voted to formally investigate potential ethics law violations by Gov. John Kitzhaber's top adviser on the Columbia River Crossing.Patricia McCaig, who orchestrated Kitzhaber's successful push to get the now-defunct $3.5 billion project through the Oregon Legislature, is being investigated for the possible violation of eight ethics laws, a preliminary ...   More
Friday, July 12, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

No More Bridge to Nowhere

Blind faith in the fatally flawed—and now dead—CRC starts a new I-5 conversation.

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George Crandall knows how to kill a freeway. In the 1970s, Crandall helped lead the fight against the Mount Hood Freeway, which would have torn through Southeast Portland neighborhoods. In defea   More
Wednesday, July 3, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

CRC Foe Says Gregoire's Retirement Doomed Project


The governors of Oregon and Washington say the Columbia River Crossing is dead.The Washington senate rejected a transportation bill Saturday that contained the state's $450 million share of the $3.5 billion CRC. The outcome, thanks to the staunch opposition of the Republican majority state Senate, was largely seen as inevitable.But, Republicans aside, there are signs that Gov. Jay Inslee may have not ...   More
Monday, July 1, 2013 by Andrea Damewood

Which of Portland's Bridges are Actually Dangerous?

Hint: It's not the ones over the Columbia River


Transportation for America, a Washington DC-based campaign for increased infrastructure spending, has released an impressive web project showing every single bridge in the United States and its condition.Nationwide, one in nine bridges is structurally deficient, the report says, calling upon government leaders to up spending for such projects.The project then goes even further, ranking states with ...   More
Thursday, June 27, 2013 by Andrea Damewood

U.S. House Bill Would Make Funding for the Columbia River Crossing Even Tougher


New legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives may put the Columbia River Crossing even further behind schedule.The U.S. House Appropriations Committee introduced legislation today upholds rules that keeps federal transit funding from going to projects like the CRC that haven't yet earned local funding and vital permits.Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Wash.) is a member of the U.S. House Appropriations ...   More
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Coast Guard Meeting on Columbia River Crossing is Tonight


The first of two public U.S. Coast Guard meetings on the Columbia River Crossing is tonight at the Red Lion in Jantzen Beach. The meetings are set to run from 5 pm to 8 pm (the second is tomorrow in Vancouver) and include public testimony. The Coast Guard is still trying to decide if it will grant a vital permit to the $3.5 billion megaproject, which wants to build new Interstate 5 spans at 116 feet ...   More
Tuesday, June 4, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Washington Republicans: Columbia River Crossing is Dead


Republicans in the Washington Senate have taken to social media to say state funding for the Columbia River Crossing is dead.Proponents have said that unless Washington comes up with its $450 million share of the project this year, the CRC loses its spot in line for ample federal spending on the Interstate 5 bridges, interchanges and light rail.If word out of the majority Senate Republican caucus in ...   More
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Columbia River Crossing Mitigation Deal Far Away, Two Manufacturers Say


Columbia River Crossing supporters yesterday trumpeted the news that the project was close to striking a  deal with Oregon Iron Works to mitigate the harm 116-foot-tall Interstate 5 bridges will do to its business. But the other two major manufacturers affected by the project say they're nowhere near a deal and are worried the slow pace CRC negotiators are moving at may prevent them from reaching ...   More
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Inslee to Washington Senate: No Audit on the CRC


Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is rejecting a request for an independent audit on the Columbia River Crossing.In a two-page letter, sent April 12, Washington's Republican Majority requested that Inslee start a formal and fully independent audit of the $3.4 billion Interstate 5 highway and light rail project based on the work of outside forensic auditors."The findings by these experts strongly indicate ...   More
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD


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