Is The CRC Design Too Short?
The Columbia River Crossing project could need a new design if planners cannot find some common ground with two government agencies who say the span is too short. Both the Army Corps of Engineers and the Coast Guard told the CRC as early as 2004 the new bridge needs to be at least 100 feet tall so their vessels can pass underneath. The Oregonian says the agencies said up to 125 feet tall would be good. But the design right now does not measure up. Its 95 feet and the two agencies are not happy. The project cannot move ahead without their blessing and that approval has yet to come. The CRC is working with the parties involved which includes steel fabricators to reach a compromise. If they can't find one they may have to junk the current $3.1 billion dollar plan and come up with a taller design. That redesign could cost $100 million dollars or more.