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Environmental analyses helped the public and
decision-makers compare alternatives
The Columbia River Crossing project analyzed the potential environmental and
community effects of five alternatives against the project’s goals identified in
Statement of Purpose and Need. The results of the analyses are described in
the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), which was published on May 2,
document was issued on May 23, 2008 to correct or clarify errors that were in
the Draft EIS. The Errata is considered part of the Draft EIS.
considered the CRC Task Force recommendation,
the Draft EIS and 1,600 public comments when selecting one alternative as the
Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA). The LPA includes three
elements: river crossing, transit mode and transit terminus. In
July 2008, project partners selected a replacement bridge with
light rail that extends to Clark College as the LPA.
The Final EIS, published in
describes additional analysis of potential environmental and
community effects of the Locally Preferred Alternative. The document also provides
responses to comments received on the Draft EIS during the
60-day comment period.
record of decision, signed on December 7, 2011 by the Federal Highway
Administration and Federal Transit Administration, identifies a replacement
bridge with light rail as the selected alternative for the CRC project. This is
the alternative that best improves safety, travel reliability, freight mobility,
and bridge structural stability and relieves congestion on Interstate 5 between
Portland and Vancouver. The record of decision is a significant milestone, which
concludes the environmental planning phase of the project.
Record of Decision
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