Columbia River Crossing Project is Dead
July 1, 2013, 2:25 pm
By Jeremy Scott@JScottKXL
The governors of Oregon and Washington can agree on one thing: that the Columbia River Crossing Project is dead.
The end comes after years of work and millions of dollars were put into the project. Now it's all gone down the drain.
Oregon approved $450 million in bonds to help pay their share of the $3.4 billion project, but only if Washington matched the funds. The planning phase cost over $170 million alone.
The Washington State Legislature finished their 2013 session without funding their half of the project. Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber then announced the CRC's fate.
"I am extremely
disappointed that our legislative partners in the Washington State
Senate failed to address the clear and present safety and economic need
for this essential I-5 bridge," said Kitzhaber.
Washington's Jay Inslee slammed senate leaders for not
a door has closed on what I believe was a deeply-flawed proposal, this
is a great opportunity to create a new, much better Columbia River
Crossing without the issues of the original plan,” added Senator Ann Rivers of La Center and a critic of the project.