After eight years and $175 million spent on planning, the Columbia River Crossing project has apparently died. Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber and his Washington counterpart, Jay Inslee, issued announcements that the CRC’s 96-person-strong offices in Vancouver would shutter today.
Both governors laid blame entirely on Washington’s Senate majority, comprised of Republicans and two Democratic defectors. Oregon’s legislature had funded the project early in its session, and federal funds were approved pending Olympia’s vote. Opponents of the bridge in both Olympia and Vancouver, for their part, blamed the CRC’s demise on bad planning, bad design and bad communication.
Were you part of the CRC planning? Do you drive on the current bridge? Do you have ideas about how to relieve the congestion without the CRC?