Mark Your Calendars

Updated: 3/6/09

It’s official.

Original Post: 3/5/09

Circle tomorrow’s date. It may go down as the day Portland significantly tarnished its green cred.

The Columbia River Crossing Project Sponsors Council will almost certainly vote to approve a 12-lane footprint for the bridge, while expressing conceptual agreement for a bi-state governance structure that will manage performance of the bridge.

Whether this future bi-state entity could ever agree on conditions that would make the bridge green is of course something we are expected to take as a matter of faith.

I’m afraid I’m an apostate.

If you want to watch history in the making:

Columbia River Crossing Project Sponsors Council meets March 6

VANCOUVER – The Columbia River Crossing Project Sponsors Council is expected to make a recommendation on the number of add/drop (auxiliary) lanes on Interstate 5 in the CRC project area when it meets Friday, March 6.

The governors of Oregon and Washington charged the Project Sponsors Council with advising the project on completion of the Final Environmental Impact Statement, project design, project timeline, sustainable construction methods, consistency with greenhouse gas emission reduction goals and the financial plan. The council is composed of representatives from the Washington State Department of Transportation, the Oregon Department of Transportation, cities of Portland and Vancouver, Metro, Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Council, TriMet, and C-TRAN, as well as two citizens who serve as co-chairs for the group.

In July 2008, project partners selected a locally preferred alternative that includes three through lanes and up to three add/drop lanes in each direction on I-5 between SR 500 and Marine Drive. Add/drop lanes are being considered at various locations in the project area, including the bridge, to connect interchanges and allow for safer highway movements.

The meeting will be held 10 a.m. – noon at the WSDOT SW Region building, 11018 NE 51st Circle, Vancouver, WA 98662. It is open to the public. Meeting materials are available online: Columbia River Crossing Project Sponsors Council meets March 6 VANCOUVER – The Columbia River Crossing Project Sponsors Council is expected to make a recommendation on the number of add/drop (auxiliary) lanes on Interstate 5 in the CRC project area when it meets Friday, March 6. The governors of Oregon and Washington charged the Project Sponsors Council with advising the project on completion of the Final Environmental Impact Statement, project design, project timeline, sustainable construction methods, consistency with greenhouse gas emission reduction goals and the financial plan. The council is composed of representatives from the Washington State Department of Transportation, the Oregon Department of Transportation, cities of Portland and Vancouver, Metro, Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Council, TriMet, and C-TRAN, as well as two citizens who serve as co-chairs for the group. In July 2008, project partners selected a locally preferred alternative that includes three through lanes and up to three add/drop lanes in each direction on I-5 between SR 500 and Marine Drive. Add/drop lanes are being considered at various locations in the project area, including the bridge, to connect interchanges and allow for safer highway movements. The meeting will be held 10 a.m. – noon at the WSDOT SW Region building, 11018 NE 51st Circle, Vancouver, WA 98662. It is open to the public. Meeting materials are available online: http://www.columbiarivercrossing.org/ProjectPartners/ProjectSponsorsCouncil.aspx.

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