On Thursday the 11th they meet to look at "funding" and we should probably adjust our expectations. (Agenda here.)
|Latest schedule delay - out to at least May 2016
from Dec 2014 Funding Workshop Presentation
Partisans for the bridge are able to cite very little in the way of facts or evidence, and instead cite a priori commitments, as well as feelings of being neglected. (The "second-class" nature of investment and facilities at WSHS, Straub MS, and Kalapuya Elementary would surprise many, I think!)
|Original schedule from 2006 had
Record of Decision in early-2009!
About December's funding workshop, a Task Force member tweets:
This is *exactly* where we were 7 yrs ago at the 1st/last funding workshop re third vehicular bridge. #Boondoggle
As everybody already knew, taxes and fees aren't very popular, and the least unpopular things don't generate enough to pay the projected debt service. It will be very interesting to see if the opinions from the funding workshops actually generate novel solutions.
— Darlene Strozut (@Enstone) December 5, 2014
Probably it just boils down to Magic Funding Fairy Dust.
(And so we circle round in a kind of Ouroboric Boondoggularity. From a largely "no new taxes" perspective, N3B has much more on the absurdity.)
|Existing barriers in red
will be exacerbated, not solved
by a new bridge
Since the project itself will in general harm system connectivity for people on foot and on bike, it is almost certain these will be cosmetic at best.
The Oversight Team meets at 11am on Thursday the 11th at 100 High St. SE, Suite 200, above Bar Andaluz and Table Five 08.
Oh yeah...earthquake! "Oregon is so far behind..." We need to reinforce the existing bridges first.
|So far behind
Couple more items...
Remember the study commissioned on the CRC by the State Treasurer, Ted Wheeler?
It recommend assuming the "projected annual gross toll revenues will be somewhere between 15% to 25% lower than the baseline forecast..."
And, son of a gun, the SR 520 bridge has a 30% reduction in traffic volumes (and presumably a corresponding reduction in revenues)!
|Tolls by themselves would solve our congestion problems
without building a new bridge and highway
Funding workshop presentation
Little, if any, empirical data supports this assumption.
What kind of "oversight" is that?