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Friday Cartoon: The CRC, coming soon to a theater near you

Posted by on March 11th, 2011 at 1:43 pm

Artwork copyright Mark Markovich
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– Illustration and Concept by Mark Markovich and Jonathan Maus
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dmc
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dmc

🙂 It looks like the CRC monster is gonna eat the train or house. Does it like to normally eat these sort of things?

Im gonna name him “Fred”. 🙂

Jessica Roberts
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Jessica Roberts

Starring: “Nearly all the consultants in Portland except for one bike-ped planning firm…” 😛

Dabby
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Dabby

We need a new bridge people…

Tomas Quinones
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Brilliantly Illustrated!

Spencer Boomhower
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Great comic; the CRC makes a fine movie monster. You could imagine it being animated like a centipede, with all those off-ramps as appendages. Skittering up the coast from Orange County, whence such monsters issue forth.

Oh Word?
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Oh Word?

I find this offensive to all river crossings.

matt picio
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Brilliant – can we get posters? And maybe a grass-roots campaign to put them all over town?

There are solutions to the earthquake issue and to cyclist/pedestrian safety which don’t require $2-4 billion that we currently don’t and aren’t likely to have.

K'Tesh
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K'Tesh

I’ll admit, I haven’t given the CRC a lot of thought. Forgive me if I’m messing up on this…

Wouldn’t it be possible to make the bridge narrower, but having a movable barrier. So, in the morning when traffic is heavy southbound, that side is wider, then move the barrier later in the day to widen the northbound lanes. Just whatever they do, don’t sandwich the bike lane/sidewalk in the middle like the Glen Jacksonightmare.

justinridin
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justinridin

um, anyone else think that this cartoon is a bit ill timed considering the event in japan where scenes like the one depicted became a realatiy and claimed many lives?

007
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007

Wouldn’t a billboard be awesome? Cover up the gross Timber ads.

Joe Rowe
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Joe Rowe

10 lanes at the beach, 4 lanes at the stadium, you do the math. $5billion, more problems.

f
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f

Quick question: Have you ever biked across the current bridge towing a trailer?

I am a homeowner in Portland and a bike commuter that needs to get to Vancouver frequently with things in tow. It’s an f-ing terrifying nightmare right now.

Just build the damn bridge. Build it so the car people and the train people and the bike people and the bum people with their bags of cans can use it safely in the way that they need.

This is not about Portland vs. it’s suburbs, it’s an ANCIENT DRAWBRIDGE on the main highway that connects Canada to Mexico for goodness sake. Stop being so insular.

wsbob
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wsbob

Responding to f March 12, 2011 at 2:29 pm.

adamdoug2011
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adamdoug2011

wow, it is amazing what happens when people share their real opinions….here is mine: that bridge is fine, so long as you are a single man riding his bike to play disc golf in Leverich., otherwise, I would recommend taking the bus or train, its much safer. to those that ride, keep riding, but we need much more space(at least another 5 feet) to feel safe). notice that Elly and the “shifties” are conspicuous with their silence on this issue.

michweek
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michweek

Mt.hood freeway was defeated and obviously not needed, the crc can be defeated and is obviously not needed! One day cars will not be as commmon even with alternative fuels there is a lot og ghg output in manufacturing and shipping that we can’t keep doing. If we reach that place with a crc we’ll have a large expanse of wasted, ugly space. What do you want for the future?? I want to be able to see and enjoy the river.

Spencer Boomhower
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@Sigma:

“The number of lifts is irrelevant. When did they occur? The vast majority, if not all of them, are between 10 pm and 4 am. Off-peak delay is not the critical issue, so “fixing” the rail bridge won’t solve anything.”

Interesting. If it’s not a problem, then that would seem to negate the pro-CRC argument that declares it shameful that we have a drawbridge on an interstate highway.

was carless
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was carless

We don’t need a new bridge – people are driving way less in Portland:

http://daily.sightline.org/daily_score/archive/2011/03/01/whered-the-traffic-go

Spencer Boomhower
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@Alan 1.0:

“When the old span was refurbished and the new span added in 1958, what were the contemporary engineering expectations for the lifespan and capacity of the I5 bridges?”

Haven’t a clue. Though the 1958 half of the Interstate Bridge seems to have been designed to be just like the 1917 half (only newer). So considering the oldest parts of the older half are still 7 years younger than the spry and upright Hawthorne Bridge, I would guess – from a layman’s point of view – the 1958 half has plenty of life left in it.

Capacity is another matter, but again, if capacity is needed, it seems as if there’s better ways to make it happen than spending 4000 million or so (and ultimately 10000 million) on a project that is ultimately even more mega-freeway than it is mega-bridge.

Steve B
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This comic is AMAZING. Nicely done, Mark!

Lenny Anderson
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Lenny Anderson

What happened in 1958 is that ODOT, then the Highway Department, converted the original 1917 arterial bridge (which even had a streetcar at one point) into the northbound I-5 freeway. It was the typical Oregon “on the cheap” way of doing things in those days. Now ODOT should just give us back an arterial bridge, put light rail and bike/ped facilities on it, and remove a few of the excess on/off ramps so the freeway works worth a damn.
Oh can charge the same toll we paid for the ’58 bridge adjusted for inflation or about $5 in-bound only.