It’s very clear that CRC has sucked up funding from every available source. 2011-10-26_CRC_Monthly_Report_Sept_2011_FNL-1 Appendix H-1 (3)
In the Feb. 12 story, “Drawn to downtown,” the Columbia River Crossing is hyped as helping business in Vancouver, because supposedly there will be easier access. So more people will drive to Vancouver from Portland because the bridge will be better is that it?
Tim Leavitt’s Feb. 19 letter, “Anti-CRC letter factually incorrect,” is an excellent example of the arrogance and propaganda that surrounds the Columbia River Crossing project. He makes it abundantly clear that, in his opinion, his version of any information is “factual,” that anything else is incorrect, and communicating it may serve as “an injustice to better informing our public.” His attitude and letter serve to belittle previous letter writer John Burke and intimidate The Columbian and others who may want to express their views.
I have one question for the planners about their proposal for light rail on the Columbia River Crossing project. Where is it written that an Oregon congressman, as well as a lame-duck mayor of Portland, can dictate to the people of Clark County as to what we will have or not have? This is what Congressman Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., and Mayor Sam Adams are attempting to do.
It’s good to see The Columbian expose the Columbia River Crossing’s shortcomings; maybe this boondoggle of replacing the Interstate 5 bridge will be stopped. I remember back in the 1970s, the pitch for creating I-205 was to relieve some of the traffic from urban Vancouver and Portland. Now they want to do the reverse. What has changed? Oh yes, to justify their pet project and build a monument unto themselves. A third bridge downstream would serve a better need.
Somehow, the bureaucrats with the Columbia River Crossing have managed to spend $140 million in taxpayer money, and what do we have to show for it? No new bridge. And they want us to give them $3.5 billion more.
Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler said Monday she expects a new House transportation bill in the next two months, but also said she remains unsold on the Columbia River Crossing.
I am baffled that Mayor Tim Leavitt and County Commissioner Steve Stuart would attack Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, for wanting to hold a vote on the Columbia River Crossing project. They asked her to “take a position,” but when she did, they skewered her. They really want her to join the crowd of government agencies who favor the big light rail/CRC project.
READ MORE: http://www.columbian.com/news/2011/dec/26/letter-herrera-beutlers-position-clear/
As this region considers undertaking a $3.5 billion Columbia River Crossing project, I want to thank Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, for standing up for the people she represents and not bending to the political or bureaucratic pressure (unlike some elected officials who have done so).
READ MORE: http://www.columbian.com/news/2011/dec/19/letter-people-want-vote-light-rail/
David Evans & Associates — the private company that holds the largest contract with the Columbia River Crossing — has dropped a lawsuit against a Vancouver company investigating the project’s spending. The move came after the Acuity Group, a Vancouver-based accounting firm that businessman and staunch CRC opponent David Madore hired to comb through the project’s finances, withdrew a public records request for the firm’s audited financial statements.
Following an update on financial plans for the Columbia River Crossing Thursday, its director, Nancy Boyd, said that estimates that construction will start in 2013 are “optimistic.” The project, projected to cost $3.1 billion to $3.5 billion, relies on funding from local tolls, Oregon and Washington and the federal government — and it’s not likely all those pieces will fall together by then, staff reports to the CRC’s Project Sponsors Council predicted.
Two days after the federal government gave its final approval to plans for the Columbia River Crossing, Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt and Clark County Commissioner Steve Stuart issued a statement Friday calling on Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler to do the same. The federal Record of Decision, announced Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Transportation, gives the controversial Interstate 5 megaproject the green light to chase federal funding and start construction, which is slated for late 2013.
A highly critical analysis of C-Tran’s finances released ahead of next week’s vote on Proposition 1 argues that the agency could last much longer without the benefits from a sales tax increase — and without cutting bus service — than leaders have said. Forensic accountant Tiffany Couch sent her formal analysis to C-Tran board members Thursday. But C-Tran fired back with its own response sent to the board Friday, calling the analysis and its conclusions “fatally flawed.”