Bridge Backers Organize

The Oregonian reports today that supporters of the Columbia River Crossing have organized the “Columbia River Crossing Coalition“, hiring high-power PR firm Gard Communications to manage the effort.

This appears to be aimed at attracting Federal stimulus dollars to the project, since no significant local funding appears to be materializing (Governor Kulongoski only penciled in $50M in his budget proposal towards the $3-4B project).

But if the project would not be slated to start construction until 2012 is that really relevant as a stimulus project? Will backers attempt to shortcut the final EIS process to advance the project?

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