Project Director: Nancy Boyd
Deputy Project Director: Kris Strickler
Last week, we were saddened by the news of the passing of Hal Dengerink (pictured right). In addition to his notable work as founding chancellor of Washington State University Vancouver, Hal’s work on the Columbia River Crossing was instrumental in guiding the project to where it is today.
In 2005, Hal was appointed, along with Henry Hewitt, as co-chair of the 39-member CRC Task Force. As co-chair, he guided resolution of project-related issues and concerns, helped identify problems to be addressed by the CRC project and developed evaluation criteria for possible solutions. It was the Task Force that helped narrow 70 original ideas to address problems on Interstate 5 to 12 preliminary alternatives and then to the five that were studied in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement. The group concluded its work in 2008 after recommending a Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) to the project sponsors.
Hal continued his work on CRC after the Task Force completed its work. He and Henry Hewitt were appointed by the Oregon and Washington governors in November 2008 as co-chairs of the newly formed Project Sponsors Council (PSC). PSC was created to advise the transportation departments on project development and refinement of the LPA. Hal served as PSC co-chair until January 2010 when he resigned due to health concerns.
We extend our condolences to the Dengerink family and our sincere appreciation for Hal’s years of service and dedication to improving this region’s livability through collaborative planning.