The missed high-speed rail grant from the federal government would have paid for conceptual engineering, environmental analysis and business case development to pin down important, unresolved details for a Cascadia bullet train such as the best routes, timeline, financing and number of stops.
Due to the instability of the soil on which it stands and the infrastructure on either side of the Willamette River, Multnomah County engineers will essentially be building three new bridges to replace Burnside. Each one will have to connect to the other in a way that ensures they remain standing and functional after a major earthquake.
A new map has stirred up past feelings for some Vancouver residents who remember how the Columbia River Crossing planned to demolish homes. Planners say nothing is final and the massive, years-long project has barely started design work.