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

Pork and Ride

The CRC includes a $17 million museum.

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The $3.4 billion Columbia River Crossing keeps getting more expensive for taxpayers, even before it gets built—in part because the price of a pet project of the National Park Service is going up   More
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Transportation Secretary: Columbia River Crossing Not Designed For Speed


Back in Washington D.C. after stumping for the Columbia River Crossing in Washington state last week, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood continues to take a beating over the megaproject.Today, U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Wash.), tore into him over the controversial project, D.C. Streets Blog reports. Last week, video was leaked from LaHood's meeting with Washington state senators opposed ...   More
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Poll: Clark County Evenly Split on Columbia River Crossing


A new poll on the Columbia River Crossing was released today and the results are near tie on public opinion toward the CRC, a $3.4 billion Interstate 5 bridge, light rail and highway project.The Columbian, Clark County's daily paper, commissioned the survey and released the results as part of a three-part series that runs through tomorrow:A total of 46 percent of respondents said they support the CRC, ...   More
Monday, April 15, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Washington Senate Leaders Ask Governor to Audit Columbia River Crossing


Washington's Republican majority caucus is asking Gov. Jay Inslee for an independent audit of the Columbia River Crossing, adding to the political pressures on the megaproject.In a two-page letter, sent today and obtained by WW, requests 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 ...   More
Friday, April 12, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD


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