Washington Legislator: CRC "May Not Happen"


U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is in Olympia today, doing all he can to help the flailing Columbia River Crossing—but even one of the project's biggest supporters says it might not be enough."We are using everything in our bag of tricks to bring everything to bear," says Washington State Rep. Jim Moeller (D-Vancouver), who has been the project's champion in Olympia. "If we could get the ...   More
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Columbia River Crossing: The Biggest Project Seattle's Never Heard Of


With the debate about funding the Columbia River Crossing over for now in Oregon, the fight for money moves to Washington state. And as Portland Afoot reports in its latest news magazine, the fate of the $3.4 billion megaproject now lies in the hands of Seattle—and most people there don't even know about it.Publisher Michael Andersen visits our binary star of a city to the north and finds that aside ...   More
Monday, April 8, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

New Anti-Columbia River Crossing Flyer Adds to Pressure on Wheeler


A new flyer is out, urging Oregon Treasurer Ted Wheeler to reject the Columbia River Crossing.The mailer asks "Whose responsibility is it to tell the truth about the Columbia River Crossing?" and then features Wheeler on the back.In some ways, the $3.5 billion CRC in Wheeler's hands. When the legislature approved $450 million for the controversial megaproject last month, it stipulated that Wheeler ...   More
Friday, April 5, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

The Economist Notices the Columbia River Crossing


The Economist magazine has taken notice of the Columbia River Crossing project in a piece in the current print edition. In an uncharacteristically equivocal review of the challenges facing the CRC, the magazine concludes"Not every public-works project faces the CRC’s challenges, especially the choreographic difficulties involved in a two-state scheme. But it serves as a cautionary tale for those ...   More
Thursday, April 4, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Cortright Analysis of CRC Traffic Study: Tolls Will Generate Massive Diversion


Portland economist Joe Cortright has taken a hard look (PDF) at a February tolling study produced for the $3.4 billion Columbia River Crossing Project by the consulting firm CDM Smith. Cortright findings cast further doubt on the assumptions about traffic volumes over the proposed new bridge and the tolling revenue that is supposed to provide the biggest portion of the project's financing. Here's a ...   More
Thursday, April 4, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

CRC Factions Post Parody Sites of Their Own


Move over, fluoride fanatics: The Columbia River Crossing partisans also can't resist mocking each other on the interwebs.First up, new Facebook group Washington for Columbia River Crossing Project got going on Feb. 25 and has featured adorably-drawn heart shapes fighting for the $3.5 billion Interstate 5 project:Facebook group OMG CRC WTF? (guess which side they're on...) couldn't help re-appropriating ...   More
Tuesday, March 26, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Second Ethics Complaint Filed Against Patricia McCaig, Governor's CRC Adviser


A second ethics complaint has been filed against Patricia McCaig, Gov. John Kitzhaber's top adviser on the Columbia River Crossing.WW reported last month that McCaig worked to help push the $3.4 billion megaproject through the Oregon Legislature, and although she spent 219 hours on legislative issues in the last quarter of 2012, she has not registered as a lobbyist with the state. Oregon law says that ...   More
Thursday, March 14, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Limbo Dance

CRC officials have spent millions to overcome a bridge design that’s too low. They still don’t have it right.

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When Oregon lawmakers recently agreed to hand over $450 million for the Columbia River Crossing, they put a condition on the money: Settle questions about how high the bridge needs to be. CRC    More
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Patricia McCaig, Gov. Kitzhaber's CRC Adviser, Faces Ethics Complaint


Patricia McCaig, Gov. John Kitzhaber's top adivser on the Columbia River Crossing is facing an ethics complaint for her work to push the project through the Oregon Legislature.However, just who filed the complaint and what it says will remain confidential until the Oregon Government Ethics Commission completes a preliminary review, the agency's director says.McCaig was the subject of WW's Feb. 27 cover ...   More
Friday, March 8, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD


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