A state audit of the Columbia River Crossing found $17 million in excess or questionable spending, including larger-than-usual profit markups to project consultants and work that wasn’t authorized by contract in advance.
While officials involved with the Columbia River Crossing work to shut the $2.9 billion project down, state Rep. Liz Pike, R-Camas, is joining forces with Sen. Ann Rivers, R-La Center, to create a bipartisan group of lawmakers from both Oregon and Washington to discuss whether there is a path forward on some type of Interstate 5 Bridge replacement project.
While interviewing County Commissioner David Madore back in January he broke some big news. Not only would there be an East County Bridge crossing the mighty Columbia River, we'd all be driving on it in five years! Certainly there are skeptics; there always are skeptics of those who have new visions.
Clark County Commissioner David Madore has spoken passionately about the need to build a third metro-area bridge across the Columbia River, but when it comes to that proposal, partnerships may be hard to foment.