Letter: Stop supporting bridge plan
Saturday, March 10, 2012
I find it difficult to believe that any professional planner or engineer would permit his or her name to be associated to a project with the impact of a new highway bridge without all specifications identified. Someone had to tell them what the height factor needed to be. Don’t anyone attempt to pass the blame on to the Coast Guard. This is just a great example of the fiasco the Columbia River Crossing project has become.
This CRC project should be stopped before any more funds are expended. Further, action should be taken to retrieve as much as we can from the those who provided a faulty and inadequate planning concept. Thank our lucky stars that we have yet to build a structure that fails to replace the two structures now providing service.
Are we in need of a bridge? No, we are in need of several. Recommendations to consider sites upstream (Sundial) and downstream (current North-South railroad bridge) were set aside as undesirable. An eight- to 10-lane substandard bridge feeding a highway system that is two or three lanes only adds to the total problem of congestion.
Time to get real about our bridges and highway system and quit supporting such a questionable plan.
John M. Larson