Archive | January, 2010

CRC: $1.5B from Tolls – Is it Affordable?

Members of the Columbia River Crossing Project Sponsors Council were told Friday (as reported in the Trib) that tolling could potentially raise $1.49B of the project cost.

Clark County Commissioner Steve Stuart asked the obvious question:

Council member Steve Stuart noted that the estimates did not include any analysis of whether drivers could afford the tolls, or whether the project would provide enough of a benefit to justify them. Stuart, a Clark County Commissioner, said the council expects a formal cost-benefit analysis before being asked to make any recommendations.

So, how did we get $60M into the planning without cost-benefit analysis at this level?