This article was originally published on Mismanaging Perception.
In the last two years I’ve written over 20 articles breaking down why the Columbia River Crossing freeway mega-expansion isn’t just failed transportation policy, but why it’s an outright nightmare totally out of line with the values our community champions. From historical precedent, to strange-bedfellow political opposition, to austerity, to the growing climate crisis, to Charlie Hales, to tax policy, to livable streets, to the devastation to the built environment around freeways, to meme wars, to community events against the freeway, there’s few CRC angles I haven’t covered on Blue Oregon, Mismanaging Perception, or Rebel Metropolis.
Truthfully, just the thought of writing yet another article about this boondoggle “bridge” to nowhere depresses me. There are many others who’ve fought this ultra-mistake who feel equally worn down. They’re fatigued. They want to live their lives working on projects that improve our community, instead of playing defense against wasteful projects that will destroy it. Perhaps that’s part of the CRC supporters’ strategy: beat down the majority by repeating the same lies ad nauseum.
For those unfamiliar, or for those who believed this train-wreck had finally ended, it’s worth reviewing a few more of the facts. The CRC can not honestly be called a ‘bridge’. It is a 10-12 lane, 5 mile long freeway expansion and light rail extension over the Columbia River from Portland to Vancouver, WA. While doing nothing to reduce vehicle trips times or congestion, the CRC’s design and tolling appears entirely dependent on actually encouraging more trips to be taken by automobile, in total disregard for the climate crisis we now face.