January 25, 2009
City Council Focus on CRC This Week
Two City Council meetings focus on the Columbia River Crossing this week, both at City Hall in the Council Chambers:
- Monday, 10AM - Joint work session with the Metro Council:
I. OPENING REMARKS BY MAYOR ADAMS AND COUNCIL PRESIDENT BRAGDON
II. COLUMBIA RIVER CROSSING PRESENTATION
• Review of two Council's resolutions, progress report on what has been completed
• Review of Induced Demand and Greenhouse Gas Reports
• Report on Tolling work to date
III. COUNCIL DISCUSSION AND QUESTIONS
• Number of lanes
- Thursday at 2PM: Public Hearing - see the Coalition for a Livable Future Action Alert
January 26, 2009 1:48 AM
al m Says:
Opening remarks by MAYOR ADAMS.
Poor Sam, wouldn't want to be in his shoes!
Give us the head of AMY RUIZ,then all will be well!
January 26, 2009 1:55 AM
al m Says:
Not only are we the bicycle capital of America, but the MAYORS GONE WILD capital of America.
Mine should be here any day!
Maybe we can get a HUGE BLOWUP STICKER and put it in the middle of the rose quarter to go with that huge bicycle sticker!
PORTLAND IS ON THE MAP OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!
January 26, 2009 10:33 AM
al m Says:
I FORGIVE SAM!
I'm glad he stayed!
January 26, 2009 12:31 PM
There is an Exhibit of Artworks depicting a Green
Park-Covered Columbia River Crossing Bridge at the NW Lucky Lab Brewpub on nw Quimby above 19th st. [activity rm] The Park Roof will protect all drivers/bikers/walkers from the winter weather
[reducing accidents/saving lives] , and the Park Plantlife will absorb all pollution runoff
[eliminating expensive treatment/saving salmon]
The Park Roof can be built for the same money as the proposed toy windmills , and would give us a world - class Green Gateway to the Northwest!
January 26, 2009 2:30 PM
Can anyone confirm Mayor Adams participated in this discussion? He is a critical piece of this discussion, I think it would be a good sign of his getting back on track to be involved in this.
January 26, 2009 2:33 PM
al m Says:
I can confirm that Sam Adams is paying close attention to PORTLAND TRANSPORT and this particular discussion.
I heard that directly from Beau!
January 26, 2009 2:36 PM
This thread, I am sure. It is just brimming with information helpful to his work.
January 26, 2009 2:42 PM
Chris Smith Says:
Can anyone confirm Mayor Adams participated in this discussion?
Yes, he chaired the meeting.
I'll be posting thoughts on this meeting later this evening.
January 26, 2009 3:58 PM
Thanks Chris. Look forward to hearing about the meeting.
January 26, 2009 5:58 PM
I still find it odd people are so concerned with the number of lanes. The Marquam and Fremont are both eight lanes, so eight definitely shouldn't be a problem. Ten is reasonable if you're counting the aux lanes, and twelve will be eliminated because the traffic models won't show a benefit from the added construction costs.
Maybe it would be 12 if we end up with HOV or truck lanes, but if it ends up all GP/aux lanes 10 is the reasonable amount to build, otherwise we're intentionally building bottlenecks (and thus, wasting fuel, polluting the air more than needed, and all those bad things.)
I'd still love to see a cost comparison against replacing the rail bridge with a 4 lane/train/lrt/pedestrian combination across Hayden Island instead. Tear out the Jantzen Beach ramps for some real estate to pay for it even.
January 26, 2009 8:57 PM
The Oregonian Reports:
Debate about the size of a new Interstate 5 bridge over the Columbia River could hinge more on toll charges than on the number of lanes.
See also Oregon Live's article about it.
I hope that even more-so, that C-Tran and TriMet will work together better if this happens. Trip planning across the river sucks right now.