January 11, 2010
Mark Your Calendars
A plethora of events coming up!
- Tonight: (Jan 11) - Occasional Portland Transport contributor Greg Raisman is presenting on traffic calming "Lessons From Europe: A Look at Residential Streets" at 7pm at Southeast Uplift.
- Wedneday: (Jan 13) Co-Vice-Chairs Gail Achterman and John Van Landingham will be presenting the recommendations of the MPO GHG Task Force to two legislative committees on Wednesday, January 13.
House Interim Committee on Transportation: 1:00 PM
Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee 1:45 PM
Typically, you can listen to or watch these hearings online. First double-check the time and find out the hearing room at http://www.leg.state.or.us/comm/. Then go to http://www.leg.state.or.us/listn/ and click on the audio/visual for the hearing room.
- Also on Wednesday: The 3rd Bridge (over the Columbia) folks invite you to an open house:
Wednesday January 13, 2010
Third Bridge Now Headquarters
5003 N. Lombard St.
Wednesday January 13, 2010
2PM - 8PM
Please feel free to invite others!! The More the Merrier.
Happy New Year! Mark your calendars and head on over.... Wednesday January 13, 2010 from 2PM - 8PM we will be having an Open House for the Third Bridge Now campaign and headquarters. We have a lovely headquarters at 5003 N. Lombard St. It is a great space 3,400 sq. ft., floor to the ceiling windows facing Lombard St. It has a 100' x 50' yard space for BBQ and outside events..... Yippy! We plan on having an information gallery, meeting room, strategy working space, and office area. We will be inviting in groups, individuals, and elected officials to show them there is an alternative that adds capacity across the river, connects the majority of the industrial areas on one continuous corridor, provide direct freeway access to I-5 freeway from the ports and industrial areas, removes freight and overflow traffic from neighborhood streets. This new freeway is on mostly bare vacant publicly owned land with no interference during construction with I-5 freeway or current roadways. Construction can start immediately, instead of waiting for removal or encroachment issues of over 250 private properties. The Third Bridge Corridor will provide jobs now, and needed infrastructure for jobs in the future....... Relieving congestion, addressing safety issues, cleaner air, helping the economy, environment, and adding a new freeway that will not increase urbane sprawl. The bridges on this alignment are already in the adopted Oregon Regional Transportation Plan of 2000.
Come Be A Part Of The Solution!
- Finally looking ahead to March 9th, an all-day Rail Summit in Eugene is going to look at the entire Pacific Northwest corridor. Stay tuned for details.
January 13, 2010 11:29 PM
Jason Barbour Says:
Thanks for posting the info. on the Third Bridge Now! Office Open House. I attended tonight; always a pleasure to meet Jim Karlock, Sharon Nassett, as well as anyone else who contributes here in person.
Lots of people have been clamoring for something that will have less impact on existing homes and neighborhoods than CRC, while providing alternative routes and needed capacity. The Third Bridge proposal does that, along with adding better, more direct pedestrian and bike access to industrial areas, port districts, and downtowns.
The bridge can be completed without closure of any traffic lanes on the existing bridges. And, since the proposal is about better movement of traffic we already have (and forecasted to have in the future), Smith and Bybee Lakes would continue to be natural areas between neighborhoods and the NW industrial area, and the westside of Hayden Island would remain undeveloped. So everyone would have great scenery to view on their way to/from.
No, I did not type the above in from a brochure! (And hey, if someone like me who's an avid transit enthusiast/activist can be convinced that this is a well thought-out, viable alternative that would also decrease transit travel times, you know this is good!)