Oregon Sen. Peter Courtney, D-Salem and Senate president, announced Wednesday that he isn’t on board with convening a special session this year to approve Oregon money for the embattled Columbia River Crossing project.
By Melissa Santos and Jordan Schrader, The Olympian
October 16, 2013 10:25 a.m.
OLYMPIA — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee says he still wants to call a special session of the Legislature to pass a transportation revenue package this November, but a new Interstate 5 bridge across the Columbia River won't be part of the deal. Inslee has championed the Columbia River Crossing but said Tuesday he won't try to include the bridge in a tax plan to fund statewide road improvements, and would be content having Oregon take the lead on replacing the connection between Vancouver and Portland.
TACOMA — Gov. Jay Inslee says he still wants a special session to pass a transportation revenue package this November, but says that money for a controversial bridge project across the Columbia River won’t be part of the deal.
Clark County Commissioner David Madore will soon introduce a resolution for his fellow commissioners to consider that "apologizes for breaking faith with the citizens of Clark County," declares the county will "notify the appropriate authorities that we have not acted with integrity," calls for an investigation into the Columbia River Crossing and formally requests funding for the project be withdrawn at local, state and federal levels.
When Columbia River Crossing planners shifted their focus to a curtailed version of the Interstate 5 Bridge replacement earlier this year, they also dropped a lesser-known component once seen as essential: the "Community Connector" freeway lid over Interstate 5.
The C-Tran Board of Directors on Tuesday stood by a controversial contract with TriMet to operate light rail in Vancouver, after a boisterous rally and a parade of speakers mostly against the agreement.