CRC impact statement to go before C-Tran board

By Eric Florip, Columbian transportation & environment reporter

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The C-Tran Board of Directors on Tuesday will have its turn to weigh in on the Columbia River Crossing impact statement now making the rounds of local government.

The project's Final Environmental Impact Statement must gain the approval of several Oregon and Washington agencies before it proceeds to federal authorities and the project seeks funding. The Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Council signed off last week. But in doing so, the group raised concerns about the finances of the CRC, which would build a new Interstate 5 bridge between Portland and Vancouver, rebuild the freeway on both sides of the river and extend light rail into Clark County. The project is estimated to cost between $2.63 billion and $3.76 billion.

C-Tran board members will consider the plan during their regular meeting Tuesday night. The board is also scheduled to hear an update on C-Tran's proposed bus rapid transit system along Vancouver's Fourth Plain Boulevard corridor.

The C-Tran meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Rose F. Besserman Community Room of Fisher's Landing Transit Center, 3510 S.E. 164th Ave. in Vancouver.