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Cleveland commends governor’s efforts on CRC

July 5th, 2013|

Sen. Annette Cleveland, D-Vancouver, and Sen. Tracey Eide, co-chair of the Senate Transportation Committee, today issued these statements commending Gov. Jay Inslee for his dedication and tenacity in trying to persuade the 2013 Legislature to pass a transportation revenue package that would have funded Washington state’s share of the Columbia River Crossing.

“Gov. Inslee spoke out early, he spoke out throughout the legislative session, and he spoke out in the final days of session on the need for this critical spoke in our regional infrastructure,” Cleveland said. “From day one to the final day of session, Gov. Inslee never lost sight of our state’s critical needs. I frankly don’t know what more he could have done.”

“There was a key group of players who never gave up on the CRC, right up till the final hours of session, and Gov. Inslee was prominent among them,” Eide said. “Whatever we asked of him, he provided, often without our even asking. He brought federal Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to Olympia to amplify our message, and the two of them were very clear about the stakes. They left no question, not only of the need for a new bridge but of the reality that we would lose $850 million in federal funds if we failed to act.”

“I am saddened that some in the Legislature were unwilling to be partners in the prosperity of our state,” Cleveland said. “The CRC is critical not only to those in the Vancouver area who cross the river daily but to regional and statewide businesses that rely on I-5 for the reliable movement of freight. The short-sightedness of those who refused to invest in this state’s future will have negative repercussions for generations to come.”

“We still have until September to meet the deadline,” Eide said. “I hold out hope that those who have stymied the project so far will realize the stakes and join with the governor and us in moving our state forward in everyone’s best interests. If a project of this importance can be derailed for partisan political games at the local level, it bodes poorly for the future of transportation across our state.”

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    Cleveland comments on Legislature’s failure to fund Columbia River Crossing

Cleveland comments on Legislature’s failure to fund Columbia River Crossing

July 1st, 2013|

Sen. Annette Cleveland, D-Vancouver, released this statement today regarding the failure of the Legislature to fund the Columbia River Crossing as part of a transportation revenue package:

"This is a sad day for our district and our state. The Columbia River Crossing project is the single most important investment we can make for our future — and key lawmakers are refusing to make it.

“At a time when Vancouver and our surrounding region suffer from one of the highest unemployment rates in the state, the CRC project would have provided more than 20,000 jobs through project design and construction. By 2030, 4,200 additional regional and state jobs would have been created, adding $231 million in additional wages to our local economy. Not anymore.

“I was hopeful that my colleagues across the aisle would choose to be partners in the prosperity of our region and our state, not obstructionists. I consider the failure to address our aging infrastructure as nothing less than a dereliction of our duty as legislators. Our constituents expect us to roll up our sleeves and make hard decisions, not stick our heads in the sand while every new day risks the collapse of a functionally obsolete bridge. I would have thought the CRC opponents would have taken stark notice of the collapse of the Skagit River Bridge in Mt. Vernon earlier this year, but apparently that wake up call was lost on them.

“As many of you know, I work in health care and I also view this project as a health and safety issue for our community. The heavy traffic congestion leads to accidents every day and we see the results of those accidents in the emergency rooms of our hospitals. Not only that, the only level-one trauma care in our region is available in Portland. If a loved one needs trauma care, and the bridge is backed up with traffic, the only option is helicopter transport; this is expensive and not always possible if weather conditions prevent flight, or when there are multiple trauma cases at one time. The human costs of further delay of this project are as unacceptable as the economic costs of delay.

“Our community and state is what it is today because of people who came before us who made the right decisions to invest in our infrastructure. We must continue that legacy for the next generation.”