Bike Walk Vote PAC is the political voice for Oregonians who bike, walk, or take transit. We work to elect candidates who will best support transportation choices and livable communities.
Those of you paying close attention will have seen that Governor Kitzhaber has officially called a special session, for things like increased school funding (yes!), restructuring the PERS retirement system (hmm...) and keeping counties from going after mutant food crops (in the 'strange but true' category). If you've been reading the Willamette Week, you saw the memo showing that Rep. Kotek is still persuing the CRC highway megaproject at full throttle, and it appears the CRC will be discussed on 30 September if the votes in favor can be wrangled.
Since the Washington Senate refused to provide their share of funds for the project earlier this year, the new CRC plan is notably different in that Oregon would act alone and would in fact spend $140 million to build a freeway interchange in another state. While the CRC proponents claim the go-it-alone plan is less risky, the Willamette Week points out this multi-billion dollar boondoggle could be a real challenge for ODOT:
"The truth is that ODOT has never taken on a project any where close to the the size and complexity of the CRC. And when it has, its record is poor—for example, as the Highway 20 project near Eddyville which is years behind schedule and will cost more than twice the original $110 million budget."
Given the new challenges ahead for the CRC, now is the perfect time to contact your legislators with your concerns. We don't have long and we need all hands on deck. With that in mind, we've got a friendly competition going to raise a ruckus, start a commotion, and at long last put an end to this enormously expensive mistake. Join the fun on Facebook.
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