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Portland Replacement Program Suggests A Stupidly Small Bridge To Fix Big Traffic

The Columbia River (I-5) Bridge crosses the river and connects Washington to Oregon respectively. It is a truss drawbridge.

The biggest choke point on I-5 between Seattle and Eugene sits right there on the Columbia River.

The Bridge.

And if you were angry with the previous failed, ten year effort to replace that bridge, you’re gonna really hate the new bridge plan they unwrapped yesterday.

Five billion dollars to build a bridge that will leave congestion twice as bad 20 years from now as it is today.

Transportation advocate John Ley points out that drive time in mornings will double because the new bridge only adds one auxiliary lane for traffic.  

The last plan doubled that.

The Rocket Scientists behind this plan admit that 50 percent of cars and trucks on the new bridge will travel at between zero and 20 miles an hour during peak travel.  That’s almost double the slow go times today.

Punishing tolls are designed to drive poor people into the ditch as the only way to fix congestion.  

And then there’s light rail for extra billions of dollars and no extra funding from the federal government when high speed buses would do it for a fraction of that.

They flushed 200 million on the last bridge boondoggle.  How much will they waste this time trying to punish you for driving your car.

You can read the full story from Clark County Today Below:

IBR proposes fewer auxiliary lanes than failed CRC and partial Hayden Island interchange


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