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Published 4/22/2013 9:41:04 AM
Organized by the Governor’s office of Economic & Business Equity, this event provided an opportunity for hundreds business leaders representing small, disadvantaged, minority or women owned firms to learn about procurement processes, engage in conversations about business development tools and network. Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber, Secretary of State Kate Brown, Federal Highway Administration’s Associate Administrator for Civil Rights Warren Whitlock and Salem Mayor Anna Peterson were just a few of the more than 50 presenters at the 11th annual Governor’s Marketplace event.
The Columbia River Crossing project presented to an audience of approximately 50 attendees during a breakout session and spoke one-on-one with dozens of firms during the afternoon vendor fair. The CRC presentation provided an overview of the project, its current status and anticipated construction sequencing. Additionally, the project shared equity guidelines in Oregon HB 2800 and how it will promote equity in contracting—a top priority for Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber.
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Published 4/10/2013 3:50:20 PM
President Obama today sent to Congress a 2014 budget proposal that includes $65 million for construction of light rail as part of the Columbia River Crossing project.
This request demonstrates the administration’s support for the project and shows confidence that Oregon and Washington will secure a full funding grant agreement for the project's light rail component in 2014.
A full funding grant agreement is the completion of the formal competitive process to receive federal transit funds under the New Starts program. CRC began the process in 2009 and has updated its application annually as more information was available and as required milestones were achieved.
US DOT budget proposal highlights. See page 28:
Oregon Legislature, governor approve CRC funding:
Published 4/10/2013 3:47:14 PM
The Columbia River Crossing will begin the second of two major surveys in support of the investment grade traffic and revenue modeling. The “stated preference survey” asks drivers to evaluate prospective travel behavior changes when the Interstate Bridge is tolled. The results will help develop travel demand modeling.
The stated preference survey consists of two similar surveys administered to passenger vehicle or commercial vehicle drivers and takes about 20 minutes to complete. Both will use in-person polling at various locations in the region. Some passenger vehicle drivers who participated in previous surveys, and elected to receive further communications from the project, may receive an email invitation to an online version of this survey.
Results from this and previous surveys will be used to inform the CRC’s investment grade traffic and toll revenue analysis related to construction funding. The completed analysis will help inform credit rating agencies about the value of the bonds secured by toll revenue. This is similar to a bank using a person’s income and credit score to develop an interest rate. CRC’s borrowing is anticipated through the Federal Highway Administration’s Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) loan program and other state borrowing.
Published 3/25/2013 2:52:17 PM
Results confirm earlier work
Results from the Columbia River Crossing project’s land-based noise and vibration study from March 2012 are now available. Noise and vibration levels were monitored on Hayden Island before and during the drilled shaft and driven pile test project to assess the effects of pile driving in nearby communities during CRC construction.
With noise levels in the vicinity of the driven pile test project dominated by vehicle traffic on I-5, the vibration and sound monitoring report from the test pile study found:
People within three-quarters of a mile of pile driving may hear the impact hammer over the ambient noise when they are outdoors during construction.
People within 2,000 feet may feel ground vibrations from pile driving.
The final report for the drilled shaft and driven pile test project is currently in process.
Published 3/18/2013 9:57:54 AM
Oregon Governor Kitzhaber has signed into law a bill that provides $450 million in funding for the Columbia River Crossing project.
After more than a decade of planning, the Oregon state legislature moved quickly this session to deliver a CRC funding bill to the governor for review and approval.
Governor Kitzhaber noted: “This is an important step forward for our state and the Pacific Northwest economy. By investing in a more efficient and effective transportation system for Oregon, we are providing a safer and less congested trip for freight and commuters.”
House Bill 2800 was shaped by a joint committee in early February. The legislation includes several “triggers” or safeguards that place conditions on the release of Oregon state funding for the project. These triggers include that Washington must commit its state funding contribution; the Oregon State Treasurer will review traffic and revenue projections produced through the Investment Grade Analysis and the project’s finance plan; the project receive a general bridge permit from the U.S. Coast Guard; and the Federal Transit Administration submits a New Starts grant for $850 million for congressional review.
Text for the enrolled bill can be found on the Oregon Legislature website
. Watch the bill signing ceremony