Columbia River Crossing

‘Climate framework’ language for Interstate Bridge Replacement project is too weak, regional officials say

Ryan Packer (Contributor) by on July 27th, 2021 at 9:14 am

Slide from presentation shared at IBR Program July meeting.

Will the Columbia River Crossing project’s multibillion dollar successor fully integrate climate change into its design and construction? Or will climate change merely be a box that is checked on the way to a wider I-5 that encourages more driving and more emissions? That question took center stage at the July meeting of the Interstate Bridge Replacement project’s Executive Steering Group. [Read more…]

Feds on CRC 2.0: Don’t let climate change and equity concerns slow project down

Ryan Packer (Contributor) by on May 24th, 2021 at 11:24 am

I-5 in North Portland would be expanded as part of the Interstate Bridge Replacement project.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

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Columbia River Crossing 2.0: Rerun or reboot?

Ryan Packer (Contributor) by on April 30th, 2021 at 12:12 pm

CRC 1.0 conceptual rendering looking northwest from Delta Park.

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Why this early stage of CRC 2.0 matters, from a former Metro councilor

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on March 26th, 2021 at 10:12 am

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GOP candidate promises to end gridlock forever by adding a lane to each freeway

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on February 17th, 2016 at 10:37 am

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bud Pierce says he’s hit on an idea for solving the problem of people sitting in traffic on freeways: more travel lanes.

“Our current governor and government has no solution to our current gridlock,” he says in a new ad. “When I am governor, I will make sure we have added freeway lanes on all our major freeways. I’ll ensure that we have a new Columbia River Crossing bridge with added lanes. … Vote for Bud Pierce for governor and end gridlock once and for all.”

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As Airbnb moves to Old Town, Portland’s skilled work boom outpaces CRC’s job promises

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on March 14th, 2014 at 3:49 pm

Last (and cold) sunrise of 2010-6

Job engine?
(Photo by J.Maus/BikePortland)

Multnomah County alone has created more new “professional and technical service” jobs in the last three years than the Columbia River Crossing was projected to create throughout the region, in all sectors combined, by 2030.

It’s a fact that was underscored Friday by Mayor Charlie Hales’ announcement that San Francisco-based startup Airbnb will move 160 employees and its North American operational headquarters to Portland’s Old Town area.

That was the latest sign that Portland’s tech sector is in the middle of an historic boom — and a stark contrast with the freeway-rail project, once called essential to the region’s economy, that seems to have been killed by the state legislature one week ago.

According to the Columbia River Crossing project team’s own calculations, the long-term economic impact of increasing the capacity of Interstate 5 would be to create 3,441 more jobs around the region by 2030. That’d be about 0.15 percent of the region’s future workforce.

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The zombie is finally dead: ODOT will “shut down” CRC project

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on March 7th, 2014 at 5:38 pm

ODOT Director Matt Garrett-1

Good move Matt!
(Photo by J. Maus/BikePortland)

It’s real this time folks. It’s over. ODOT has just announced they will “shut down” the Columbia River Crossing Project once and for all. Here’s the full statement just released by ODOT Director Matt Garrett:

“On March 7, the Oregon Legislature adjourned without reinstating construction funds for the CRC I-5 Bridge Replacement project. As identified in Governor Kitzhaber’s January 27, 2014 letter to legislative leadership, the project will begin the process of orderly archival and closeout. We have the fiduciary responsibility to close out the project in a systematic, retrievable manner in order to adequately preserve a decade of research, environmental reviews, community involvement, and detailed engineering work for potential future use. We will archive work products according to Oregon record retention requirements.

Expenditures will be reduced immediately; further design and deliverable development will not occur. The project will shut down completely by May 31, 2014.[Read more…]

As legislators hold hearing on CRC, some are already looking at cheaper plans

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on February 11th, 2014 at 4:40 pm

A 2011 rendering of the proposed
Columbia River Crossing.

Two veteran state legislators, one of whom was a key swing vote in support of last year’s Columbia River Crossing funding plan, say consensus is building for scrapping the freeway-rail expansion plan and starting over.

Both said they doubt their colleagues will re-approve the existing proposal, though a public committee hearing Wednesday afternoon is likely to advance the debate.

State Rep. Mitch Greenlick and state Rep. Lew Frederick — neither of whom have conferred on the issue — both said Tuesday that a new, much smaller truck-and-train freight bridge would solve the key problems facing the river crossing with far lower costs.

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Visualizing the cost of local transportation projects

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on February 5th, 2014 at 2:09 pm

More than just about anything else on BikePortland, we write about street projects — and, if our records are any indication, you like to read about them more than just about anything else, too.

But what do they cost, really? Sometimes it’s hard to visualize.

So we gave it a shot:

visualizing Portland-area transportation investments

Graphic by BikePortland. The area of each circle corresponds to the cost of each project.

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Latest Columbia River Crossing proposal scales back bike facilities (updated)

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on October 16th, 2013 at 3:16 pm

Current bike infrastructure on much of Hayden
Island: signs and sidewalks.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Even for the many Portland-area residents who ride bikes but aren’t inclined to object to expensive urban freeway expansions, the Columbia River Crossing has always had one small thing going for it: it’d widen the Vancouver-Portland bike crossing and simplify the maze of trails required to reach it.

With pro-CRC lobbyists hastily re-gathering votes for a possible Oregon-funded version of the project, it looks like the bike facilities are being scaled back.

During its years of planning and outreach, one of the features of the Columbia River Crossing concept was a shared-use path through Hayden Island that would put bike traffic at a different height (or “grade”) from auto traffic. A Sept. 25 memo (PDF) from the CRC’s environmental manager, however, shows that the new “phased” project would save money by indefinitely postponing the grade separation and sending bike and foot traffic through “at-grade intersections on Hayden Island.”

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