Columbia River Crossing

Columbia River Crossing (CRC) represents a multiparty, massive freeway project built from the year 2005 to 2013 between Oregon and Washington. Its construction was to expand and upgrade the US Interstate 5 passage, crossing the Columbia River. The major conception behind this project was to replace the Interstate Bridge, which was extremely old, and a similar bridge to ease traffic. The former being built in 1917 and the latter in 1958 called for a major upgrade to ease the southbound traffic. This CRC Bridge was to be a safer, contemporary bridge with a bigger capacity. This paper delves into unearthing the intricate issues around the construction of the Bridge, as well as its current state.

To begin with, the CRC was to replace the previous bridges, used by the US 99 prior to the coming of the Interstate Highway System. The ideologies behind the CRC was increasing the capacity of the bridge, as well as making it safer for transportation. The design of the Bridge (CRC) was to have three passage lanes and eliminate emergency lanes. It was also to have a vertical lift drawbridge overlooking the State of Washington side of the Columbia River to permit shipping passage access upriver.

Additionally, a critic in 2011 approximated that, the cost of the CRC project would roughly range from $3.1 to about $ 10 billion. However, this project presented a variety of controversies from varied critics. Oregon treasurer asserted that, the chief assumptions with regard to traffic as well as toll revenue as presented earlier are outdated. There was also the controversy around information regarding increasing traffic. Some critics asserted that, the traffic volumes had reduced significantly, just prior to the recessionary epoch. Another issue raised was the diminished employment rates, which contradicted earlier documentations, such as, the Draft Environmental Impact Evaluation Report.

Furthermore, the CRC project utilized $175 million of civic funds, which went into setting up the bridge, highway, as well as light rail complex. The major contentious issues, was the utilization for the money directed towards constructing the CRC. As presented in The Oregonian, most of the funds went to local consultants, who were involved in excavations, engineering processes, as well as architectural designs and archeological works. In conclusion, as delineated from the discourse above, the CRC project faced a lot of resistance and storms in its construction. The planners of the project aimed at reducing traffic and making transit safer, however; this was not the case and as disagreements arose. Some critics asserted that the project was a waste of funds, and; consequently a total failure. Political influences also influenced the implementation of the Columbia River Crossing Project.