The Columbia River Crossing Project

The Columbia River Crossing project seeks to build a new bridge over the Columbia river between Oregon and Washington at Interstate 5.

For more information, read my coverage of this topic in the articles below.

[For links to more local media coverage of this issue, click here.]

Activists hope to weaken CRC ‘signal’ at hearing in Salem today

Posted on February 11th, 2013 at 11:00 am.

A big day at the capitol for the CRC.(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland) A bill that would officially make it “in the state’s interest” to move forward on the I-5 freeway widening project between Oregon and Washington will be given a public hearing in Salem today. The bill, HB 2800, is being pushed by Governor Kitzhaber Read More »

Clackamas County set to vote on anti-CRC resolution – UPDATED

Posted on February 5th, 2013 at 3:34 pm.

John Ludlow, Chair of Clackamas County Board of Commissioners. A draft resolution that is expected to be voted on by the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners on Thursday could make them the first government body to take a position against the Columbia River Crossing (CRC) project. The draft resolution has been published to the Board’s Read More »

Anti-CRC rally shows opposition still has strength

Posted on February 4th, 2013 at 4:29 pm.

Bike Walk Vote board member Lisa Marie White speaks at the start of an anti-CRC event held Friday night in Portland.(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland) There was plenty of evidence in Portland over the weekend of the growing movement to stop the Columbia River Crossing project. On Friday, non-profit political action committee Bike Walk Vote hosted Read More »

Catching up with the CRC project

Posted on September 22nd, 2011 at 4:14 pm.

The CRC FEIS, now available for viewing at locations throughout Portland.(Photo © J. Maus) It’s been several months since I last chimed in on the Columbia River Crossing (CRC) project. Somehow, despite many lingering questions — especially around its funding plan — the $3.5 billion project which has been a roller-coaster of controversy and stops Read More »

Rolling with momentum, CRC subject of public forum tonight

Posted on March 7th, 2011 at 11:23 am.

Signs of life abound for the controversial project.(Photo © J. Maus) Rolling with momentum in recent weeks from national and statewide elected officials, the Columbia River Crossing (CRC) project will be the focus of a public forum in Northeast Portland tonight. The event is being hosted by the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods, an umbrella non-profit Read More »

Activists release new ‘Stop the CRC’ poster to raise funds, awareness

Posted on January 4th, 2011 at 10:53 am.

Stop the CRC, a grassroots volunteer network of activists opposed to the Columbia River Crossing project, has released a new poster. Check it out…

Citizen activist releases “Boatload of Questions” CRC video

Posted on October 20th, 2010 at 1:37 pm.

Citizen uber-activist and professional animator Spencer Boomhower has released a thoughtful new video on the Columbia River Crossing Project. You might remember Boomhower as the guy who created the Idaho Stop Law animation that spread nationwide and has since been viewed over 44,000 times. Boomhower says he put out his latest video on the CRC Read More »

Study shows CRC project could cost up to $10 billion (not $3.6)

Posted on October 15th, 2010 at 11:50 am.

You might want to ask for twice that much.(Photo © J. Maus) CRC project staff and Departments of Transportation in both Oregon and Washington have been putting the estimated cost of the new I-5 bridge and highway expansion project at about $3.6 billion; but a new study shows that the the project could end up Read More »

CRC alternatives panel tomorrow: Sneak peek at the proposals

Posted on September 13th, 2010 at 4:32 pm.

How about some alternatives?(Photo © J. Maus) Tomorrow, Metro councilor Robert Liberty will host a panel discussion on alternatives to the currently proposed Columbia River Crossing project. In announcing the event, Liberty said that given the “serious financial and political challenges” the project currently faces, it might be feasible to come up with some alternatives Read More »

Metro Councilor Robert Liberty announces panel to discuss CRC alternatives

Posted on August 16th, 2010 at 10:29 am.

Robert Liberty wants to talk about alternatives to the current CRC design.(Photo © J.M Maus) Metro Councilor Robert Liberty, the man who likened the new I-5 bridge proposed by the Columbia River Crossing Project to a “monster project” that we should leave behind in favor of “smarter, cheapter, greener solutions,” is putting action behind those Read More »