News: Pike introduces bill to halt CRC funding on current design
Rep. Liz Pike, R-Camas, has introduced House Bill 2025 to halt spending on the controversial mega project known as the Columbia River Crossing (CRC). Section one of Pike's bill states the CRC design is not acceptable for a variety of reasons, including:
- the US Coast Guard has not approved the current design due to a lack of clearance for current and future river traffic;
- light rail will add nearly $1 billion to the price tag;
- and the current design does not relieve congestion.
“The intent of this bill is that no further funds be spent on the current design,” said Pike. “This bill specifically prohibits the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) from spending any additional funds towards the CRC project based on the January 7, 2011 record of decision.”
Pike's bill also directs WSDOT to prepare a new design alternative that includes a clearance height that accommodates current and future river users and includes a third bridge in addition to I-5 and I-205. HB 2025 also specifies the new design must not include light rail, must add general lane capacity between the two states and must improve overall congestion and commute times.
Pike also added in an emergency clause that forces the bill to take effect immediately upon adoption.
###Washington State House Republican Communications