Salem River Crossing: The CRC's Mini-Me

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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

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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

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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

Bridge Builder

The next speaker of the Oregon House—Portland Democrat Tina Kotek—will face immediate tests of her leadership.


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Hundreds of raucous Democrats, crowded into the cavernous downtown Hilton Hotel ballroom for their election-night victory bash, roared...   More
 
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Headout: The Zero Train

Columbia River Crossing for dummies.


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Vancouver is actively disinterested in joining Portland’s transportation grid. Twice in recent years, voters there have been asked to approve a tiny sales-tax increase to pay for a light-rail br   More
 
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 MITCH LILLIE

Kitzhaber On the CRC: "It's Time to Build This Bridge"

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At today's 10th Oregon Leadership Summit, Gov. John Kitzhaber did what he could to put the best face on the controversial $3.5 billion Columbia River Crossing project. "I met with legislative leadership last week and they agreed to prioritize this project in 2013," Kitzhaber told the assembled throng of business leaders and elected officials. In the budget he released Nov. 30, Kitzhaber anticipated ...   More
 
Monday, December 3, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

A Bridge Too Low

The CRC isn’t eager to redesign a bridge that should be taller.


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The proposed Columbia River Crossing has turned into a high-stakes limbo dance: How low can the bridge go? CRC officials say they are trying to fix one of the most embarrassing problems with the troubled $3.5 billion Interstate 5 project: The...   More
 
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Washington Congresswoman to CRC: Start Over

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Now that Clark County voters have said no to a light-rail sales tax, the county’s Congresswoman is saying "no" to the Columbia River Crossing.The Interstate 5 bridge over the Columbia River needs a redesign, says U.S. Rep Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Wash.) and nine other Republican lawmakers in a statement released today. Voters in Clark County rejected Proposition 1, a 0.1 percent sales tax hike that ...   More
 
Thursday, November 8, 2012 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Light Rail Bridge to Nowhere: Clark County Voters Are Saying No to MAX Tax

A defeat would be a setback for the Columbia River Crossing Project

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Clark County voters are leaning against a sales tax for light rail tonight. And while a defeat may not derail the Columbia River Crossing, it would represent the start of a long, new fight.Many in the county framed the vote—a 0.1 percent sales tax increase—as a referendum on the entire $3.5 billion CRC project, and results this evening show the measure failing by 56 percent to 44 percent. The measure ...   More
 
Tuesday, November 6, 2012 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

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