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CRC Public Meeting and News

News from the Columbia River Crossing Project:

The public is invited to provide input Aug. 5 on set of draft recommendations for Columbia River Crossing project
The Columbia River Crossing Project Sponsors Council encourages testimony Thursday, Aug. 5, at a public meeting on draft recommendations related to several project elements, including the Hayden Island interchange and I-5 bridge.
Residents, businesses and interested community members are invited to attend the meeting to learn about the draft recommendations and provide input directly to PSC co-chair Steve Horenstein. The recommendations are the result of assignments from the PSC to the Integrated Project Sponsors Council Staff (IPS) group to collaboratively address several questions. Meeting topics include project performance measures, techniques to manage traffic after construction, transportation and land-use modeling, the number of I-5 bridge lanes, and the latest design concept for the Hayden Island interchange.
Earlier Hayden Island interchange concepts were presented to island residents and stakeholders at two public meetings in June. The concepts have continued to evolve as a result of stakeholder input and the latest concept (“Concept D”) will be discussed Aug. 5. This week Hayden Island stakeholders and staff from the City of Portland and Metro reached consensus on this newest concept.
After a brief presentation, attendees can share their opinions about the draft recommendations. Comments can be given verbally, in writing or online.
The meeting is scheduled for:
Thursday, August 5, 2010 | 5 – 8 p.m.
(Presentation at 6 p.m.; public testimony to follow)
Jantzen Beach SuperCenter, Community Room (Across from the food court)
1405 Jantzen Beach Center, Portland, OR

More information is available online. The public also can submit comments and questions specifically to the PSC through an online comment form.

The meeting site is accessible to persons with disabilities. Accommodations for people with disabilities or people needing language interpretation can be arranged with advance notice by calling the Columbia River Crossing project at 866-396-2726. Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing may contact CRC through the Telecommunications Relay Service at 7-1-1.
Metro finds CRC toll bridge with light rail would have negligible impact on growth
The Metro regional government released the findings of its forecast of the population and employment growth that would result from building the Columbia River Crossing project. The forecast was completed as part of the collaborative process to resolve outstanding issues that began in April 2010.

The agency finds that the project would have negligible impact on population and employment growth in Clark County, when comparing the projected growth that would occur with the project compared to no change to the existing bridge and highway. The project’s most significant land use effect would be to boost North Portland employment by about 1.5 percent. Findings were based on Metroscope, a nationally acclaimed growth modeling technology that projects population and employment changes in a seven-county area.
These findings confirm analysis completed by the CRC project in 2008 for the Draft EIS concerning the potential for the project to induce land use growth and travel demand. CRC found that the project would not cause significant land use changes in the region’s urban periphery (“sprawl”). CRC reviewed national case studies, reviewed land use policies in both Oregon and Washington, used travel demand models that had been reviewed and approved by a group of national experts, and relied on results from an earlier analysis using the Metroscope model to draw these conclusions. A summary of those results are presented in a 2009 memo.
Additional information on the most recent Metro findings can be found on their website.
Join us at a fair or festival this summer

CRC has had informational booths at various fairs and festivals throughout the summer. Staff is on hand to answer questions about the project and hand out informational materials. In the coming weeks, project staff will be attending the following event: St. Johns Farmers Market – Aug. 21, Portland, OR

A complete listing of summer events where CRC will be present can be viewed in the calendar on the project website.

Columbia River Crossing contact information

Email: feedback@columbiarivercrossing.org
Mail: 700 Washington St., Suite 300
Vancouver, WA 98660
Phone: 360-737-2726 or 503-256-2726
Fax: 360-737-0294


NECN Endorses Scrapping CRC Project

The board of the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods, of which King is a part, has endorsed stopping the Columbia River Crossing bridge project in favor of a smaller project with less environmental impact along the lines of what is proposed by the Coalition for a Livable Future.

The position, arrived at after a number of public forums on the project, was sent in a letter to mayor Sam Adams. That letter is attached below. If you have any questions or comments on the process, contact Shoshana Cohen at shoshana@necoalition.org

CRC Letter to Sam Adams

Columbia River Crossing and its Regional Impact

A Forum to Explore the Columbia River Crossing and its Regional Impact
Presented by PDXplore and the Architecture Foundation of Oregon

Exhibitions and Presentations
March 22-26, 2010

Pacific Northwest College of Art
1241 NW Johnson | Portland, OR
Free and open to the public

For complete details, please visit www.pdxplore.org

The Architecture Foundation of Oregon (AFO) and the independent PDXplore design collective share a purpose to advance awareness of design and its role in the urban planning process. To help the public better understand the magnitude of the Columbia River Crossing (CRC) project, AFO and PDXplore have partnered to present Crossing the Columbia: What Does It Mean?, a multi-faceted forum at Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA).

The forum will provide several opportunities to consider and discuss this urban infrastructure project of local and national relevance. The results of the CRC will impact our region for decades and the project demands a clear vision of its far-reaching economic, ecological, cultural and social significance. We hope to broaden the discussion with a wide-reaching audience in the Portland-Vancouver region including: elected officials, community leaders, neighborhood associations, special interest groups, the architecture and design community, students and educators, and interested individuals.

The forum is co-sponsored by PNCA and the Regional Arts & Culture Council.


PDXplore: Expanding Design Awareness
March 22 – 26, 2010, PNCA’s Swigert Commons
Visit a large-scale exhibition that will feature questions and design approaches to the Columbia River Crossing and its regional impact, presented by the five members of PDXplore.
Opening Reception:

Monday, March 22, 5:30-7pm, PNCA’s Swigert Commons
AFO and PDXplore welcome the public to join them in celebration at the opening of the exhibition. A tour led by the PDXplore design collective will begin at 6pm, offering the public an opportunity to learn more about the individual designers’ approaches and ask questions.

International Panel: Fresh Design Perspectives
Thursday, March 25, 6-8pm, PNCA’s Swigert Commons
Join moderator Ethan Seltzer as he leads a provocative discussion about the Columbia River Crossing with international experts in the fields of design, culture and urban planning. Panelists include: Boston Globe architecture critic, Robert Campbell; artist, Ed Carpenter; outgoing National Endowment for the Arts Director of Design, Maurice Cox; Toronto architect and urban design consultant, Ken Greenberg; and author of The Organic Machine: The Remaking of the Columbia River, Professor Richard White.
All events are FREE and take place at Pacific Northwest College of Art
1241 NW Johnson | Portland, OR
PNCA is open to the public daily from 10am – 7pm

Mara Gross
Policy Director
Coalition for a Livable Future

Columbia River Crossing Forum

CRCOn Saturday, November 21st NECN will be hosting a Columbia River Crossing Impact Forum. We hope that each neighborhood can send at least 1 or 2 representatives, however all are welcome! We will hear from three students of the Sustainability Clinic at Willamette University College of Law about their research into the impacts the Columbia River Crossing project will have on the east side of Portland and the region as a whole. They will share research on health and environmental impacts as well as the laws that govern the project and how the process for the project moves forward.

During the forum we will also hear from Jeri Williams from the Office of Neighborhood Involvement (and former Executive Director of the Environmental Justice Action Group), on her involvement and advocacy on the various stages of this bridge expansion project. She can provide personal insights into how to get involved and what has worked and what has not.

Finally, we will have short, small group discussions to gain feedback from all of you on your concerns and suggestions for how we can all work to make sure that east side residents are best served by this project.

Here are the specifics:

What: NE Community Forum: Columbia River Crossing
When: Saturday, November 21st 10am – 12:30pm; 9:45am Coffee and Continental Breakfast
Where: Redeemer Lutheran Church, 5431 NE 20th Ave.
RSVP: By November 19th to Regina Williams at 503-823-4575 or admin@necoalition.org.

A flyer with the information is also attached. Please spread this information to your neighbors! The forum is open to all!

CRC forum final draft

I-5 Columbia River Crossing Wants Your Thoughts on Tolling and Traffic

CRCThe CRC is a long-term, comprehensive transportation project that will replace the aging Interstate 5 bridge, extend light rail to Clark College in Vancouver, improve seven highway interchanges and include a better pathway for bikes and pedestrians. The project will be funded by federal and state governments, as well as from tolls.

Tolling will also help manage traffic congestion by improving travel speed and reliability for drivers. Tolls will be collected electronically to avoid the need for toll booths and to keep traffic moving.

The project’s Tolling Study Committee wants to hear from you. How should we use tolling to help fund the project in a way that is best for taxpayers, users of the bridge, and nearby communities? Your input will be provided to the Oregon and Washington legislatures in January 2010.

Learn more at http://tolling.columbiarivercrossing.org and share your feedback in the following ways:


Take a five-minute Web survey at http://survey.columbiarivercrossing.org.

Tolling Study Committee

The Tolling Study Committee includes the chairs of the Oregon and Washington transportation commissions and the directors of each state’s department of transportation. The public is invited to the committee’s October meeting to learn early results of the online survey and provide comments. Meeting details will be posted online once they are available: http://tolling.columbiarivercrossing.org.