Joe Cortright and Ron Buel have put together an analysis of the land use planning situation in Clark County, and how this relates to the proposed highway capacity expansion associated with a replacement bridge.
Clark County Land Use by Buel and Cortright (1.2 MB)
Two important alternatives were wrongly discarded by the CRC, and both should have been analyzed in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS). These would have cost less and been more environmentally responsible.
This option was developed by CRC staff in response to a request from the “Fourth Alternative Subcommittee” of the CRC Task Force, in March of 2007. We are developing an article that explains this in further detail, with links to the relevant memos, minutes, and meeting materials available on the CRC web site.
Take a look at Joe Cortright's presentation to the Portland Planning Commission on April 8, 2008.
The attachment below is his PowerPoint presentation, saved as a PDF.
(copied from CRC web site)
The Columbia River Crossing (CRC) project convened a panel of bridge and geotechnical engineers (the Panel) with relevant seismic design and retrofit experience to consider and discuss critical issues concerning the seismic vulnerability and retrofit possibilities of the existing I-5 Interstate Bridges.
The Panel was asked by the CRC project team to specifically address three questions. The questions and the responses from the Panel are as follows:
1. Is it feasible to retrofit the existing structures? If so, how?
This report, Descending the Oil Peak: Navigating the Transition from Oil and Natural Gas, published in March, 2007, details how a tightening supply of oil could impact the economy, lifestyles, and livability of the Portland/Vancouver region.
Excerpt from the introduction: