At the last meeting of the Columbia River Crossing Taskforce participants got a first glimpse of the all of the potential transportation improvements that are being considered for I-5 across the Columbia River. Much to my alarm the list includes a couple of ideas that smack of what was considered a done deal in 1988 – the Westside Bypass – a freeway that would have decimated neighborhoods and farms in Washington County, and helped fuel uncontrolled sprawl development. Thanks to lots of hard work by folks who wanted to see something else happen in Washington County and the forward-thinking alternative vision provided by LUTRAQ, it died.
Unfortunately, some things never really die…even really, really bad ideas. If a new freeway across the Columbia River, that travels over Sauvie Island and impacts sensitive areas lands in the Tualatin Mountains and Vancouver lowlands makes your skin crawl, come to the taskforce meeting at the Department of Transportation, Southwest Region Office in Vancouver on Wednesday, March 22nd at 4 pm and testify during the public comment period.