Don't write a blank check for a bad project
Governor Kitzhaber is asking the state legislature for unlimited authority to borrow as much as the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) wants to build the Columbia River Crossing (House Bill 2800). We need to tell our legislators that we can't give ODOT a blank check without cost constraints and less expensive alternatives being considered.
It is unclear how much of the estimated $10 billion in construction and finance costs Oregon will have to cover. There has been no reliable estimate of toll revenue, no reliable analysis of how much traffic would be diverted onto I-205, and no realistic assessment of how much money the federal government will put in. Please email and/or write your legislator urging them to reevaluate the CRC.
Please take a moment and tell your legislators why you feel strongly about this issue. Did you know you can increase the impact your letter will have by doing these two simple things:
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- We can't give ODOT a blank check to build the CRC as currently designed. Transit experts have developed better, cheaper, and common sense alternatives to the CRC that have never been given a fair review.
- It would be unconscionable for Oregon to commit money to begin construction of the CRC without raising new revenue, given that Oregon can’t afford to maintain existing roads and bridges.
- It is wrong to require all Oregonians to pay higher gas taxes and/or vehicle-related fees in order to fund a poorly planned highway expansion. The same money could be better spent on solving transportation problems more evenly across the state.
- According to the CRC’s Environmental Impact Statement, global warming pollution along the highway corridor after building the CRC would be 31% higher than pollution today. We should not throw good money at bad solutions.