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A Bridge to the Twentieth Century: Megaproject Technocracy and the Columbia River Crossing

Introduction

Who are the actors involved?

The Future of the CRC
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A Bridge to the Twentieth Century: Megaproject Technocracy and the Columbia River Crossing
Actors involved with the Project

Any project that involves the governmental expendature of $4.2 billion is inherently involved within a larger  political framework. While traffic engineers, transportation departments, environmental activists and others have attempted to cloak their opinions about the bridge with rhetoric suggesting their objectivity and the unquestioning rationality of the science behind their reasoning, I wish to argue that every stakeholder interested in persuing a particular vision of this bridge is inherently a political actor pursuing political ideology. This perspective encourages us to approach the manueverings of ODOT, for instance, as not a monolithic, apolitical governance apparatus but instead an organization aggressively promoting a particular world-view that suggests we can solve congestion and transportation issues by simply building more interstates.

In the sections ahead, I profile the roles that State Governments, Local Politicans, Businesses, Local Advocacy Groups, and the Media have all impacted the current process through which this project has been guided.


Last updated:  3rd May 2010

 



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