Posts tagged ‘Third Bridge Now’

July 9, 2013

Light Rail Can’t Fix Stupid

by lewwaters

Light Rail HellAmidst audible groans and moans, the Columbia River Crossing light rail project died as the Senate Coalition majority gaveled the end of the second special session in Olympia, having defeated a last minute effort by Democrats to force the $10 Billion Transportation Bill to a vote.

Years of scheming, planning, fearmongering and wasting over $170 Million went up in smoke as proponents saw the bill that would have funded the CRC light rail project and other mega-projects around the state dissolve, due primarily to proponents steadfast refusal to listen to voters and taxpayers who have been rejecting Portland, Oregon’s light rail forced upon them since 1995.

The anger coming from elected officials in support was immediate and continues, many vowing to keep pushing the project in one manner or another, others just lashing out in angry outbursts directed at Washington State Senate Republicans who actually listened to and abided by the voices of those who elected them.

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January 31, 2013

Elected Officials Raise More Questions On CRC

by lewwaters

CRCFrom 3rd Congressional District Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler, to 17th Legislative District Senator Don Benton and to 14th Legislative District Senator Curtis King, chair of the Senate Transportation Committee, critical questions are beginning to be asked and recommendations made to clear up the many discrepancies surrounding the Columbia River Crossing project.

Senator Benton has long been a critic, having seen early on in the project that it could not live up to promises or expectations and would be a massive waste of tax dollars as planned. His calls and cries for reining the project and the steady flow of tax dollars in, over $160 Million to date, have been largely ignored and cast aside as what now appears to be the biggest swindle ever to hit Southwest Washington forged ahead amidst growing public opposition.

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August 16, 2012

River Clearance Isn’t The Only Thing Low About CRC

by lewwaters

By now the public is well aware of how somehow, designers of the bridge project to replace the aging bridges across the Columbia River along the I-5 corridor screwed up and ignored years of input from citizens and businesses of the minimum clearance needed under the bridge for river traffic. It’s received a lot of coverage on local blogs and in the media from Willamette Week, the Oregonian and our own little local crier, the Columbian.

To say the least, the ongoing project that has sucked up nearly $150 Million of the public’s tax dollars is the most contentious of projects this area has ever seen, as well as the most expensive with predictions of eventual costs approaching $10 Billion.

Since its inception, after Clark County voters defeated a measure to extend Portland, Oregon’s financially ailing light rail into our community by a large margin, the CRC has been a public project largely shrouded in secrecy, in violation of Washington State Open Meeting Law, ignoring or marginalizing citizen input while claiming they are open and transparent, championed by our own local town crier, the Columbian, also known to many as the unofficial daily newsletter of the CRC & Democrat Party.

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January 12, 2012


by lewwaters

For more information, see Opponents say scrap CRC design, build smarter bridge

See also from the Columbian CRC foes of all stripes share concerns