Though the look of the bridge is now relatively certain, some economists and legislators in Oregon are questioning whether this is the best plan for the Columbia River Crossing. According to Joe Cortright, a Portland economist and Columbia River Crossing critic, the actual cost of the bridge will likely reach $10 billion, instead of the current estimated price tag of $3.6 billion. Cortright also doubts that construction can start in 2013 because the Oregon and Washington legislatures have yet to allocate any money for the project.
How would a new bridge over the Columbia affect you? What do you want to know about the new plan?
- Brian Gard: Executive Director of the Columbia River Crossing Coalition
- Joe Cortright: President of and economist at Impresa Inc.