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At Cascade Locks, Oregon, a bridge spanning the Columbia River is known as the Bridge of the Gods; so named after Indian legends describing warring gods in the area.
In Portland/Vancouver, they've spent seven years "planning" the Bridge of the Clods.
So far, the catchily-monikered "Columbia River Crossing" (CRC) folks have spent seven years and about $150 million of our dollars doing nothing but "planning" to build a new I-5 freeway bridge over the Columbia River to replace the two aging spans - both of which happen to be better able to withstand seismic issues than many of the other bridges in the area. By contrast, the I-205 bridge, referred to as the Glenn Jackson Bridge, cost $169.6 million from start to finish.
The idiots at CRC haven't managed to turn so much as one shovel-full of dirt while burning through $150 million over seven years, and now their cunning plan to stuff loot rail down the throats of Vancouver residents has run into another snag: after all that money and all that "planning", the Coast Guard won't approve it because there's not enough clearance over the river. Heck, the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers' dredge won't fit between the surface of the river and the CRC's proposed bridge.
The existing bridges are entirely serviceable; however, as Oregon Supreme Court noted, the effort to replace them has been entirely political:
according to the court: The massive Interstate 5 bridge and freeway project is a “political necessity” to persuade Clark County residents to accept something they previously didn’t want—a MAX light-rail line from Portland to Vancouver.
In other words, these folks want to stuff loot rail into Clark County, whatever it takes - and they believe that no rules apply to them. Bribery is just a tool to accomplish their dream, and Coast Guard clearance restrictions shouldn't apply, either. They want to build, and they want an Icon, not just any old bridge. Portland mayor Scam Adumbs wants flaming tiki torches on the Portland side; Vancouver mayor flip-flop wants stone lion sculptures.
It somehow doesn't seem very "green and sustainable" to replace two seismically superior bridges with a $4 billion Icon that, as planned after seven years and $150 million, can't pass muster because it would interfere with river traffic (and possibly air traffic).
Why don't we just cap the losses and fire the fools?