All CRC, All the Time

Lots of Columbia River Crossing stuff today:

  • A front-page article in yesterday’s O asks whether the CRC is sustainable, or is just being painted that way.
  • The independent critique of the greenhouse gas analysis (PDF, 196K) has been released. Fundamentally it supports the analysis in the DEIS. On the other hand, if you believe the DEIS gets it wrong on induced demand…
  • A series of public meetings has been announced regard the number of auxiliary lanes:

    Learn about the tradeoffs with an 8, 10 or 12 lane bridge at upcoming session

    The public is invited to learn more about the tradeoffs associated with an eight, 10 or 12 lane Interstate 5 bridge over the Columbia River at two informational sessions. Project staff will provide a presentation, answer questions and accept public comment.

    A replacement I-5 bridge will have three “through” lanes in each direction and up to three lanes in each direction to connect interchanges in the five-mile project area. These connector lanes are known as add/drop or auxiliary lanes. No add/drop lanes are proposed north or south of the project area. The upcoming question and answer sessions will focus on the number of add/drop lanes in the project area and will explain the choices and potential traffic and environmental effects of the eight, 10, and 12 lane scenarios. Information presented will include data on the purpose, safety and efficiency of add/drop lanes and the decision making process for determining the number to be included in the project.

    Comments received will be provided to the CRC’s Project Sponsors Council. The Council will use the comments to aid in their recommendation for the project’s number of lanes, expected in early February.

    Wednesday, January 21, 2009
    6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
    Clark County Elections building
    Room 226
    1408 Franklin St., Vancouver, WA 98660

    Saturday, January 24, 2009
    9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
    Kaiser Town Hall
    Conference rooms A & B
    3704 N. Interstate Ave., Portland, OR 97227

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