It's beyond me how ANYONE could still be on board with this project now:
In a 2004 survey of Columbia River users and again in a 2006 Coast Guard public hearing, the river users said a new I-5 span needed to be 100 to 125 feet tall for them to sail underneath.
The Columbia River Crossing planners ignored the input and opted instead for 95 feet. The fateful blunder has put the project at odds with a handful of marine shippers, the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, both of which need to sign off on the project.
The impasse may force the CRC to jettison the $3.1 billion current plan -- seven years in the making -- and design a higher bridge at a cost of $100 million-plus.
Shorter CRC: we've dumped 7 years and $140 million on this mess and it's going to have to be scrapped because the boats that sail under it will crash into it. And oh by the way, planners have known this since 2004.
Funding for the project seems to be in doubt as well. The feds just rejected the ask for a $1 billion loan, citing the lack of funding support from the Oregon & Washington state legislatures.
Many of the premises used to convince Oregonians that the bridge is vital and necessary have been outed as false.
And that barely scratches the surface. It's been a hot mess for many months.
I don't understand why we keep throwing good money after bad down this rat hole. And why the consultants who led us into this mess are still being paid.