English: US Congresswoman Jay Inslee (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Hizzonner the Washington governor spoke to Southwest Washington pols and some businessfolks yesterday, telling them that we're in the final seconds of the game as far as the CRC is concerned, and we've gotta take the shot now. The replacement I-5 bridge can't be built without loot rail, and if they don't jump on the railcar now, a cool billion dollars in federal tax money goes away, and it'll be another decade before they can get their hands on that kinda loot again, and they gotta Act Now.
He claims that the current twin spans are a "choke-point" and bad for business; in other words, he parroted all the usual blather while completely missing the fact that at 116 feet, the new design is still too low. Oddly, the I-205 bridge was designed and built for almost exactly the amount of money that's already been peed away on designs and planning and charettes for the "Columbia River Crossing" - and those clowns haven't urned so much as a spade-full of dirt in the decade that they've been "hard at work" on the project.
And they persist in insisting that the new bridge has to carry loot rail into downtown Vancouver, even though most of the population in Clark County lives east of downtown. So if they really want a choo-choo, they should build a line along I-205, so it could provide an easy connection to the existing airport line as well as connections to southern and western lines. Heck, the right-of-way's already there.
Unfortunately, that'd make too much sense.
For those who view Wikipedia as a great source of information, the enty for current gov. Jay Inslee - from back when he was a "Congresswoman" is above. Doesn't she look mahvellous?