By Eric Florip December 9, 2013 6 a.m.
Jeff Hildreth gave the go-ahead order, then watched as a small red light started blinking. He waited. A warning sounded about a minute later. Soon came a brilliant flash of light, a crack like a gunshot, then silence. Lightning can be hard to come by in Southwest Washington. But the Bonneville Power Administration can create lightning on demand in a little-known laboratory at Vancouver's Ross Complex substation.
Early morning snowfall snarled traffic and closed schools around Clark County. Battle Ground, Camas, Hockinson and Washougal School Districts closed Friday.
By Eric Florip December 3, 2013 8:17 p.m.
The Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Council on Tuesday hired Matt Ransom as its new executive director, ending a monthslong search.
By Eric Florip November 29, 2013 5:35 p.m.
A strong storm system is expected to bring significant rain to the region this weekend, then give way to deep cold next week. The combination may give Clark County its first real threat of low-elevation snow this season, according to the National Weather Service in Portland.
A southbound span of the Interstate Bridge reopened early this morning after the bridge failed to completely close Thursday night during a routine maintenance lift.
By Eric Florip November 21, 2013 7:26 p.m.
A controversial light-rail contract inked in September was still being changed hours before the C-Tran Board of Directors approved it, and board members never saw the actual agreement before the vote was taken, according to records released by the agency this month.
By Eric Florip November 19, 2013 7:56 p.m.
It's been almost a month since Oregon leaders formed a special legislative committee on the Columbia River Crossing, at which time a top state official declared immediate action was necessary to keep the project on track.
By Eric Florip November 16, 2013 6:55 p.m.
As a group of physical therapists took turns at the operating table, their faces showed a combination of wonder, fascination, and a bit of squeamishness.
By Eric Florip November 12, 2013 6:50 p.m.
As the forklift lurched toward a nearby truck, its prongs began to slide between two foam blocks loaded on the trailer. An unmistakable squeak followed, like Styrofoam being jammed into a cardboard box.
By Eric Florip November 10, 2013 6 a.m.
When a major flood swelled the Columbia River and inundated parts of Vancouver in early 1996, it wasn't just local barriers and sandbags that kept a bad situation from becoming worse.
By Eric Florip November 5, 2013 8:36 p.m.
Clark County commissioners on Tuesday postponed action on a resolution admonishing the Columbia River Crossing and its sponsors for a "lack of integrity" and calling for a defunding of the proposed Interstate 5 Bridge replacement.
Clark County on Tuesday unveiled a new online resource that puts the county's detailed financial records, contracts and other information in one place for public review.
By Eric Florip November 4, 2013 6 a.m.
WOODLAND — The North Fork Lewis River Bridge is about to get its first makeover in 23 years. And while a fresh coat of paint (five coats, actually) will make the Interstate 5 span in Woodland look younger, the change will be more than cosmetic. Crews are preparing to apply specialized bridge paint that also protects the structure and prevents corrosion, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.
By Eric Florip October 31, 2013 9:16 p.m.
There aren't many sailboats equipped with a helipad and twin masts that are too tall to fit under the Interstate 5 Bridge.
By Eric Florip October 27, 2013 6 a.m.
When a No. 71 C-Tran bus pulled up to a stop along Highway 99 earlier this month, the driver encountered what might be called a creative interpretation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
By Eric Florip October 23, 2013 3:52 p.m.
Oregon lawmakers must act this fall to recommit money to the Columbia River Crossing, or the project’s schedule and political support will unravel, Oregon Department of Transportation Director Matthew Garrett told a group of business leaders and citizens in Portland this morning.
By Eric Florip October 23, 2013 6 a.m.
The sign says "Take a Book, Return a Book."
By Eric Florip October 15, 2013 6 a.m.
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.
By Eric Florip October 11, 2013 7:48 p.m.
Oregon Iron Works has sued the Oregon Department of Transportation, accusing the state of bad faith in negotiating mitigation payments in connection with the Columbia River Crossing project.
The next scoping meeting for the environmental review of Millennium Bulk Terminals-Longview's proposed coal-export operation is taking place this afternoon and evening at the Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds.
By Eric Florip October 8, 2013 7:33 p.m.
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. Before the meeting, about 150 people gathered in a space in The Academy building to protest C-Tran, the agreement with TriMet, and the Columbia River Crossing project that would bring light rail to Vancouver.
By Eric Florip September 25, 2013 11 p.m.
Work to tear down an old freeway onramp in the Salmon Creek area is continuing tonight, completely closing a section of Interstate 205 for a third consecutive night.
A proposed financing plan for annual operations and maintenance of light rail will likely be released Tuesday by C-Tran, just as a longtime critic of the Columbia River Crossing has raised new doubt about projections being used to justify the megaproject.
By Eric Florip September 20, 2013 6:52 p.m.
American officials reviewing the decades-old treaty that shapes the management of the Columbia River in the U.S. and Canada have recommended modernizing its scope to include ecological issues and climate change, according to a draft document released Friday.
By Eric Florip September 16, 2013 7:59 p.m.
As a new freeway interchange continues to take shape in the Salmon Creek area, crews are poised to tackle one of the project's biggest remaining obstacles.