Time is of the essence It’s time we “double down” on our effort to get an I-5 Columbia River bridge funding agreement in place right now. [“Oregon looks at building span across Columbia on its own,” NW Sunday, Sept. 8.] If we can’t get a Coast Guard bridge permit this fall, as well as negotiate a…More
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Productivity in the United States has fallen I must respond to the article on the Columbia River Crossing. [“Senators’ deadlock shutters Columbia crossing,” NW Tuesday, July 2.] After years of planning and an expenditure of $175 million the bureaucrats in charge of this debacle declare failure, close down the study and walk away. Gen. Eisenhower and his…More
Congestion is a make-or-break issue So Ken Miller, of Millennium Bulk Terminals in Longview, doesn’t believe the rail congestion is a make-or-break issue. [“Coal trains a concern for congested cities,” page one, June 30.] Many would disagree with that. If Millennium Bulk builds out to full capacity, there will be a minimum of 16 unit trains…More
Toll business is extortion I just want to extend a shout-out to Mike Lindblom’s article in Monday’s paper. [“Bridge drivers could get easier ride in state toll court,” page one, July 1.] Thanks for exposing the extorting toll business in Washington, as the new state resident, Jami Andersh, had shared in the article. All of our cars…More
Speed of construction is unimpressive “I can’t imagine this being done any faster,” says Don Wick of the Economic Development Association of Skagit County. [“Less than month after collapse, temporary I-5 bridge is finished,” NW Wednesday, June 19.]Well, Mr. Wick, 50-plus years ago, we army engineers built Bailey bridges overnight, using nothing but hand labor….More
Refocus spending Finally, a jolt of reality in the realm of Washington state transportation [“Bill would restrict permits on oversized trucks,” NWFriday, May 31]. The demise of a span of the I-5 Skagit River bridge has focused attention on aging infrastructure. As a civil engineer, it has been clear to me for quite some time…More