As CRC rumbles forward, major advocacy groups sit on the sidelines

“I heard from a number of people who have expressed concerns about their [legislative] priorities if they were to speak against the bill.”— Mara Gross, interim director of Coalition for a Livable Future The Columbia River Crossing project took a big step forward when HB 2800 easily passed the Oregon House this week. But while … Read more

Kitzhaber’s pro-CRC stance belies previous position on highway expansions

In 1997, Governor Kitzhaber said, “It’s time we challenged the idea that says we can build our way out of congestion by adding more freeway lanes.”(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland) The strong support being given to the $3.4 billion Columbia River Crossing highway expansion project by Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber represents a u-turn from his previous … Read more

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Press release: Bipartisan Coalition Forms Against The Columbia River Crossing

This just in: Bipartisan Coalition Forms Against The Columbia River Crossing Today, progressive and conservative organizations, businesses, and individuals announced the formation of a bipartisan coalition to oppose the current plan for the Columbia River Crossing. Coalition leaders include: John Charles (President, Cascade Policy Institute), Steve Cole (Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods), Karla Kay Edwards (Director, … Read more

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

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