Columbia River Crossing
Columbia River Crossing (CRC) was a proposed long-term comprehensive solution to problems on Interstate 5 near the Columbia River. CRC would have provided new travel options and an improved highway to support jobs, the regional economy and future growth.
The CRC project would have significantly improved conditions in the five-mile segment of I-5 between SR 500 in Vancouver and Victory Boulevard in North Portland with designs for bridge, highway, transit and bicycle and pedestrian improvements.
Replacement I-5 bridge
A new I-5 bridge over the Columbia River would have helped to relieve congestion and improve driver safety, been high enough to eliminate bridge lifts and provided protection in the event of an earthquake.
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Improvements to closely-spaced highway interchanges
CRC would have improved or replaced five highway interchanges that are too closely-spaced, created safer merging conditions and reduced highway congestion.
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Expanded transit options
CRC would have extended light rail 2.9 miles from the current terminus of the MAX Yellow Line to downtown Vancouver. Light rail would have provided a dedicated, non-highway travel alternative for commuters and connect Vancouver to 52 miles of existing light rail network.
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Improved pedestrian and bicycle connections
CRC will include a safe and wide path across the Columbia River
that is 16 to 20 feet wide. The
covered pathway will be separated from highway traffic and
provide views of the Columbia River and Mt. Hood. Sidewalks, bike lanes and multi-use
paths will be added or improved in North Portland, on Hayden Island
and in Vancouver and provide better connections to transit stations and regional
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