September 28, 2010
CRC Looking for a "Strong Owner"
ODOT Director Matt Garrett and WSDOT Secretary Paula Hammond have released their response (PDF, 160K) to the Columbia River Crossing Independent Review Panel recommendations.
Two particularly notable points:
1) They agree to a phased project (i.e., "Uncle! We understand we can't get $3.6B all at once.")
2) They are looking for implementation under a "strong owner" model. No indication of who, or what entity, might be nominated as Czar of the CRC.
September 29, 2010 8:35 PM
Dave H Says:
Good. It's about time they recognize that all the interchange projects they were trying to tie in are inflating the cost. They made the project so big there's no way that people will support it.
The project should be at least three (approaches, bridge from SR-14 to Marine Dr, and transit.) Maybe break those up a bit too.