Has anybody figured out what is with Madore and his overblown negativity about the Columbia River Crossing? No one has advanced a legitimate reason for his anti-bridge stance. It all appears to be a megalomaniacal power trip for him. He revealed much of his motivation at the State of the County speech where he displayed himself as the stereotypical Californian transplant - he got his acerage, now no one elses is allowed.
He says he wants a bridge at 192nd Ave, but that red herring is not valid because Oregon says it's unacceptable to tie into I-84, and a bridge there does not connect to I-5 directly. In the meantime, SW Washington broods and waits for their bridge.
Fact: Building the CRC will bring dollars to the Vancouver region in sales of food, gas, clothing, entertainment, etc to the tune of $1 billion during the project.
Fact: Vancouver gets a new bridge with mass transit, traffic relief, and business incentive, for a Washington state infusion of $450 million - on a $3.5 billion dollar bridge! A very decent investment.
Fact: Paula Hammond - outgoing WA State Transportation Secretary - has predicted if the Bridge isn't built soon, businesses will move away from SW WA to facilitate their transportation needs for people, raw materials, and finished products.
This Bridge is not a 'Vancouver' or 'WA' bridge or just a Portland/Vancouver Metro area bridge. It is part of the international link from Mexico to Canada, with Washington State being one of the great benefactors. People in DC hear the anti-bridge rumblings from Clark County and shake their heads in dismay.