Bridge End

Oregon backers of the CRC think they’ve won the day. They haven’t met Ann Rivers.

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Ann Rivers sips her skinny vanilla latte in a Ridgefield, Wash., coffee shop on a bright Sunday morning, smiling at the new role she has found herself playing in Northwest politics: the bridge kil   More
Wednesday, March 6, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

The Woman Behind the Bridge

The force behind Oregon’s massive freeway project works for the governor—and a private company that wants it built.

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On Feb. 11, Gov. John Kitzhaber strode into a legislative hearing and made his strongest pitch yet for the massive highway project called the Columbia River Crossing.   More
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Have You Seen The Big Bridge?

A picture's worth a thousand words. So why are there so little of the CRC?


The Oregon House voted Monday to pony up $450 million in bonds for a bill to help fund the Columbia River Crossing. The Senate is expect to vote on the bill next week. So as the $3.4 billion mega-project hurtles towards receiving the green light, what is the final product going to look like? We’re not totally sure. As BikePortand pointed out in a blog post this morning, visual renderings ...   More
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 by Matt Kauffman

UPDATED: Washington Democrats Include CRC Money In Transportation Bill

Republicans lobby Oregon Counterparts For No Vote On CRC


UPDATE 2:20 pm: While Southwest Washington Republicans lobby against the Columbia River Crossing, Democrats unveiled a new $9.8 billion transportation bill unveiled today that contains $450 million for the CRC, The Columbian reports.The package includes a 10 cent gas tax increase, a new annual car tab fee based on 0.7 percent of a vehicle's value, and more than $3 billion in new bonds to raise the ...   More
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Lynn Peterson to Become Washington's New Transportation Secretary


UPDATE: Gov. Inslee's office confirmed at 1 pm that Peterson will be the next WSDOT secretary.“We need an innovative approach to fixing a transportation network that is outdated and hampering our economic growth,” Inslee says in a statement. “Lynn has the experience, creativity and leadership skills to help Washington build a transportation system for the 21st century. And we’ll do that in ...   More
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Washington Transportation Co-Chair: CRC Needs New Direction


The open rebellion against the Columbia River Crossing project in Washington continues.Even as Oregon legislators have put $450 million for the project on the fast track, Washington Senate Transportation Committee Co-Chair Sen. Curtis King (R-Yakima), is calling for a major overhaul of the $3.5 billion project—including chucking light rail.In a Jan. 31 letter to Gov. Jay Inslee obtained by WW, King, ...   More
Friday, February 15, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Light Rail in Vancouver Headed to Court


Vancouver light rail foes haven’t given up the fight to compel the city’s government from spending any resources on extending Portland’s MAX line to Vancouver’s downtown.Seventy five plaintiffs filed suit against Clark County Auditor Greg Kimsey on Monday, challenging a state law that required Kimsey to invalidate duplicate signatures.“Six hundred and eight Vancouver voters who are qualified, ...   More
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

After CRC Hearing, Lawmakers Will Consider "Boring And Dull Day"


Lawmakers are prepare for today's 3 pm public hearing on the proposed $3.5 billion Columbia River Crossing project, which is expected to last until 9 pm as partisans on both sides make their cases.Meanwhile, here's a reminder that not every bill carries the same heft.Three lawmakers, Rep. Bill Kennemer (R-Oregon City); Sens. Chuck Thomsen (R-Hood River) and Alan Olsen (R-Sandy), have proposed House ...   More
Monday, February 11, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Clark County Joins Clackamas in Resolution Against CRC


Not to be outdone by Clackamas County commissioners, Clark County leaders put forward their own nearly identical anti-Columbia River Crossing resolution today.Sponsored by newly-elected Commissioner David Madore—who made his opposition to the $3.5 billion highway, Interstate 5 bridge and light rail project nearly his sole campaign issue—it's set for a vote on Tuesday.The resolution has likely got ...   More
Thursday, February 7, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD


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