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The DEIS (pictured left) was issued on May 2, 2008. The Final EIS (pictured right) was issued September 23, 2011

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The ROD was signed on on December 7, 2011 by the Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration.

The Columbia River Crossing project analyzed the potential environmental and community effects of five alternatives against the project’s goals identified in the 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, 2008. An errata 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.

Project sponsors 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 September 2011, 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.

The 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.

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