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Columbia River Crossing reaches major milestone as environmental process wraps up
With approval on its final environmental document from federal and state transportation departments and four local agencies, the Columbia River Crossing project published its final environmental document on Friday, September 23.
"We have worked collaboratively with each of our partners to develop a comprehensive solution for the transportation problems in the I-5 corridor," said Nancy Boyd, CRC director. "Publishing the document signifies our agreement to complete planning and environmental review this year. We appreciate the agencies’ valuable involvement and look forward to working together as plans are developed for construction."

The final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) describes the project’s improvements and its community and environmental effects. It also will provide responses to comments received on the draft EIS. Representatives of the Federal Transit Administration, Federal Highway Administration, WSDOT, ODOT, TriMet, C-TRAN, Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Council, and Metro approved the final EIS last week. The federal record of decision on the project’s environmental review is expected by the end of 2011. Once this decision is received, right-of-way acquisition and construction contract development can begin.
Artist's rendering of new bridge.
The final EIS is available at www.columbiarivercrossing.org. Printed copies of the full document or the executive summary with a DVD may be requested by emailing feedback@columbiarivercrossing.org.

Existing bridge
The CRC is a long-term, comprehensive project to reduce congestion, enhance mobility and improve safety on Interstate 5 between State Route 500 in Vancouver, Wash., and Columbia Boulevard in Portland. The project will replace the I-5 bridge, extend light rail to Vancouver, improve closely-spaced interchanges and enhance the pedestrian and bicycle path between the two cities. The project will be funded by federal and state sources, as well as future tolls.