CRC Sticks to 116-Foot Bridge Height, Asks Feds for Approval


The Columbia River Crossing bridge will be 116 feet high. And despite signs that may not be OK with local Coast Guard officials, the White House may be ready to overrule them.The embattled project submitted a bridge permit, at the urging of federal authorities, to the Coast Guard—which is tasked with making sure bridges won’t impede river traffic—for its approval on Jan. 30. The $3.5 billion ...   More
Tuesday, February 5, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Four Members of Congress Want CRC Economic Impact Study


Today four members of Congress, Reps. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Wash.), Doc Hastings (R-Wash.), Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) and Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) wrote to the Coast Guard's top officer in the Northwest today asking for further evaluation of the potential economic impact of the proposed $3.5 billion Columbia River Crossing Project. It's worth noting that all four members are Republicans, who ...   More
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Pay Up or Shut Up

Lawmakers’ first order of business: Find $450 million for a rebranded CRC project.

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After more than a decade and $160 million spent on planners, consultants and lobbyists, the proposed $3.5 billion Columbia River Crossing’s moment has finally arrived.  When lawmakers c   More
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Washington Senators Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Block Light Rail


In case we weren't sure about how Clark County feels about light rail, Washington legislators introduced a bill yesterday asking for a law to block it.The bill comes two months after the county voted down a $2.5 million a year sales tax to pay for the operation of an extension of MAX into downtown Vancouver as part of the Columbia River Crossing.The CRC, the largest infrastructure project the area's ...   More
Thursday, January 17, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Update: Light Rail Will NOT Face Second Vote in Vancouver

Because One "No" on Light Rail *was* Enough


Update 5:30 pm: The petition is actually invalid, Clark County elections supervisors found. After examining 94 suspect signatures, the county office found that some were duplicates, according to The Columbian. The petition now is 32 valid signatures short of the 5,475 it needed to refer the petition to the city council, and to the ballot.Here's the original story:On the heels of a resounding "no" to ...   More
Friday, January 4, 2013 by Andrea Damewood

Stacey: Toll I-205 for Columbia River Crossing


Washington is setting up its southern neighbors to hold the funding bag when money for the Columbia River Crossing falls short, incoming Metro Councilor Bob Stacey says.In a four-page memo to his soon-to-be fellow council members obtained by WW, Stacey blasts funding plans for the controversial $3.5 billion megaproject to replace Interstate 5's bridges, add light rail to Vancouver and expand freeways ...   More
Thursday, December 27, 2012 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Salem River Crossing: The CRC's Mini-Me


With the northern half of the Oregon's attention focused on the controversial Columbia River Crossing, the state's got a little-brother project in the works an hour's drive south.Meet the Salem River Crossing: an estimated $687 million bridge connecting West Salem to the Salem Parkway that's stirring up the waters in Marion County.Like Interstate 5 to Clark County, traffic from Salem's downtown over ...   More
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 by Andrea Damewood

CRC: Bridges Should Be 115 Feet—And No More


Columbia River Crossing planners appear to have drawn a line in the air: The bridges—designed too low for expect shipping traffic—can be raised to 115 feet or so, but not much more.After what the officials call a “substantial technical analysis,” project leaders told Washington legislators today that 115 feet lets most ships through without adding significantly to the cost and impacts to Hayden ...   More
Monday, December 10, 2012 by Andrea Damewood

Conservative Think Tank Calls for CRC Audit


A right-wing think tank in Washington is pressing the state’s auditor to turn an eye toward the Columbia River Crossing.Seattle-based Washington Policy Center sent a letter to Washington Auditor Brian Sonntag last week, asking for action. The center’s director, Mike Ennis, says he made the request after meeting with the Acuity Group, a Vancouver accounting firm hired by staunch anti-CRC activist ...   More
Monday, December 10, 2012 ANDREA DAMEWOOD


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