Transportation talks bridge over Columbia, SW Corridor update


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   The WEA Transportation Committee heard from Strategies 360's Page Phillips and Kaiser Permanente's Annie Herbert in regards to the Columbia River Crossing - both are part of the Columbia River Economic Development Council's (CREDC) I-5 Bridge Replacement Task Force.
   Phillips said Washington Governor Jay Inslee has included $17.5 million in his budget to reopen an office to coordinate efforts in replacing the I-5 Columbia River Crossing.
  The CREDC I-5 Bridge Replacement Task Force has been formed to help bring leaders together from Clark County to collaborate on the issue in an effort to have a unified voice.
   Phillips said polling of Clark County residents shows 75 percent support replacing the bridge in an effort to add capacity, safety, and seismic features.
   In the southern part of the Portland metro region, more work is taking place on the Southwest Corridor.
  Metro Councilor Craig Dirksen talked with the WEA Transportation Committee and shared the project's status. 
  Dirksen said the Southwest Corridor light rail line has gone from a concept into a design phase, where TriMet slides into the project's driver's seat. 
  One steering committee has been dissolved and a new one has began with Trimet General Manager Doug Kelsey as the chair.
   The $2.5 - $2.8 billion line would be an extension of the Green Line, traveling from 
downtown along Barbur Boulevard, passing through the Tigard Triangle, stopping in downtown Tigard, rolling down to Bonita, and terminating at Bridgeport Village. 
  There are a few design and traffic engineering challenges still to be solved, including how to handle where the line will go at the junction of Capitol Highway, Barbur Boulevard, and I-5.
   Taking the line through the Bonita and Carman Drive area of Tigard is also a challenge in terms of lessening the impact on business and property owners.
   WEA appreciates Councilor Dirksen sharing his insight with the committee and will continue to monitor the design solutions proposed, along with its impacts.
   To see the proposed SW Corridor route, click here.
   To see the Steering Committee's PowerPoint presentation, click here.