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billb

There is an exhibit of Artworks depicting a Park Covered Bridge
over the Columbia at the NW Lucky Lab Brewpub [activity rm] on NW Quimby above NW 19 th st. Like the historic Covered Bridge , a Park Roof will protect drivers/bikers/walkers from winter storms [reducing accidents] , absorbs the rainfall [eliminting pollution runoff], and protects the roadway [eliminating much expensive maintenance]. Imagine a picnic in a beautiful and vast public park floating high above the Mighty CColumbia. Design Matters !

Double J

Super happy about the signature design... I've been lobbying my ass off about it publicly and privately (not execting any resilts) and it's good to hear Sam's old promise of a serious design is still on the table. If Portland wants to be a design city... this project has to have serious design.

I also think it's wrong to mix this project's funding with other transit projects that need fixing... there is a tendency to see the billions of dollars and want use it as a panacea in many areas but that isn't how these things work. It goes by a tightly defined project by project allocations. Besides 4.2 billion is already a tight # for the bridge budget.

JayC

With all of the analysis and planning for the future that goes into this type of project, how can the availability of oil (which is used to move all of the vehicles and freight on this proposed bridge) in the next 15-25 years not be taken into consideration? The era of cheap oil is over. We're coming down the other side of peak oil now and its going to be a fast drop. Lets plan realistically and not squander our remaining resources on foolish plans to encourage increased motoring, sprawling and importing our goods from thousands of miles away.

ws

If the CRC were really about creating something beautiful, then alright, but the true purpose of the proposed bridge is for something ugly that no pretty design like those in the pictures above can correct.

The new CRC bridge is designed to continue the practice for as long as possible, of enabling the familiar SOV commute back and forth across the river everyday between job and home. Sure, talk is made about adding light rail, and a little bigger bike/pedestrian path to the 4.2 bil bridge, but these don't seem like very serious efforts to address the problems that create the demand for a higher capacity bridge.

stan

I would totally love to put I-5 on the eastside underground, the problem is that in my occasional moments of honesty about that subject I don't see how it pencils out. It isn't like the Mt. Hood Highway in that if the new CRC bridge went away there would be money available for an eastside tunnel. There isn't a guarantee that the feds would just agree to give us the money allocated to the CRC, Washington sure as hell isn't going to give us their half of their CRC budget so we could fix the inner eastside. Another problem, if you're going to spend billions to sink the highway you're signing a death warrant for the SE industrial area. The only way an underground freeway makes sense is if the area is rezoned to take full advantage of the newly exposed waterfront. Absent the rezone there would still be increased gentrification issues. Even when(if?) the streetcar starts going down MLK/Grand there is going to be increased pressure on the industrial area.

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