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Joe Cortright to Clackamas County: CRC jeopardizes Oregon transportation funding

Joe Cortright, an economist with Impresa Inc. and a noted critic of the Columbia River Crossing project, sent the letter below to the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners before their vote today on an anti CRC resolution: Today, the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners is considering a resolution to oppose the Columbia River Crossing. Attached … Read more


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

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


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CRC update: Kitzhaber drops “CRC” moniker, activists heat up

CRC? Never heard of it.(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland) Controversy and opposition has dogged the Columbia River Crossing (CRC) project for many years. That controversy — along with a daunting price tag estimated at $4 billion — has made it extremely difficult for politicians to vote in support of funding the five-mile freeway widening and interchange … Read more


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Anti-CRC movement growing as possible funding vote nears

On NE Going and 7th Ave.(Photos @ J. Maus/BikePortland Could this be the moment where activists finally build a lasting, high-visibility opposition to the Columbia River Crossing mega-project? For years now there’s been a deafening silence when it comes to organized opposition to the estimated $3.5 billion project that seeks to expand five miles of … Read more


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To cut costs, CRC project looks to “postpone” biking/walking path

That’s OK. We didn’t need that. As Columbia River Crossing (CRC) project backers and project staff face mounting pressure to find funding for their $3.6 billion (with a “b”) plan to widen I-5 for several miles between Oregon and Washington, build parking structures, and replace the existing highway bridge — a phasing strategy could jeopardize … Read more


Two new lawsuits for controversial CRC mega-project

The already controversial $3.6 billion Columbia River Crossing mega-project was slapped with two new lawsuits yesterday; one from environmental advocacy groups and the other from a 200-employee business. A trio of regional non-profits — the Coalition for a Livable Future, Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods, and Northwest Environmental Defense Center — filed a federal lawsuit under … Read more


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Press Release: Federal NEPA lawsuit filed against CRC mega-project

Press release below: DEEPLY FLAWED PROCESS LEADS TO FEDERAL LITIGATION OVER CRC MEGA-PROJECT Portland, OR – Today, three groups – Coalition for a Livable Future, Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods, and Northwest Environmental Defense Center – are filing litigation challenging the Columbia River Crossing Mega-Project. The organizations are joining together to sue the federal agencies responsible … Read more


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CRC labeled as “The Mt. Hood Freeway of this year’s mayoral race”

“With the Columbia River Crossing increasingly looking like the Mount Hood Freeway of this year’s mayoral race…”Jack Roberts in The Oregonian The recent spate of bad news for the Columbia River Crossing Project — which was documented in detail on the Blue Oregon blog last week — reached new heights today. In a guest column … Read more


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CRC project announces $4.2 million “construction techniques test”

Artists rendering.(Graphic: CRC) Columbia River Crossing project staff announced today that they’ve awarded a $4.22 million contract to begin “pre-construction” of the estimated $3.5 billion project. The contract will go to a Washington-based firm (Max J Kuney Company). In a press release, the CRC project said the firm will, “conduct a construction techniques test project … Read more