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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
References & Links


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





The Columbia River Crossing (CRC) is a proposed highway bridge replacement for the current span of Interstate 5 over the Columbia River connecting Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington. The $3 billion infrastructure improvement has been envisioned by transportation planners over the last twenty years and has recent run aground against local opposition to the project by environmentalists, livable community activists and nearby residents most likely to be negatively impacted by this proposal. While any project of this magnitude is inevitably going to garner significant discussion, this website specifically focuses on the controversies surrounding the political process through which this project was designed, the usage of objective "science" in the advocacy for and against this bridge, and how these topics relate to the project's ultimate architectural design, amenities, cost, and environmental impact.





The Columbia River Crossing, as currently planned with twelve lanes, looking South from Vancouver, WA across the river to Portland, OR
-Photo Credit to CRC website

Last updated:  3rd May 2010

 




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