The office of the now-defunct Columbia River Crossing Bridge is closing its office for good next week. Oregon and Washington have spent a total of two hundred million dollars on the project –about half of which came from federal matching funds. The new I-5 bridge was expected to cost around four billion dollars, but was eventually shut down due to a lack of legislative support – mainly from the Washington side. Opponents of the planned bridge, including environmental groups and neighbors of the site, have stated that alternative bridge options that were ignored previously may now have a chance to be explored. 13:36 minutes (12.44 MB)
A report this week by The Oregonian newspaper uncovered a major loophole in the monitoring and regulation of coal and oil transport throughout the state of Oregon.
According to The Oregonian’s report, railroad companies are not required to submit full records to the department of transportation.
But it’s not clear which agency these records SHOULD be submitted to.
So no one really knows where the oil and coal trains traveling through Oregon are at any given time, or how much fuel is on any given train.
KBOO’s Jenka Soderberg followed up on the Oregonian report by talking to several of the government agencies involved.
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