HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Legislation could wait

Written January 27th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

The most contentious issues facing the coming legislative session confirm the old-fashioned view that annual meetings of the Oregon Legislative Assembly were not necessary after all. (And no,┬áthis has nothing to do with leaf blowers and whether it’s a good idea to use them to raise clouds of dust on a city street.)


CRC tolling: The answers

Written January 17th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Two state representatives, Andy Olson of Albany and Sara Gelser of Corvallis, have found answers to my questions about tolling on the proposed new interstate bridge in Portland, the $2.8 billion Columbia River Crossing. No, there will be no toll booths if the bridge is built. Instead, here is how it would work:


I-5 bridge toll: How would it work?

Written January 14th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Oregon legislators are wondering if and how Oregon could collect the toll on the proposed Columbia River Crossing from Washington state drivers. Never mind Washington. How about Oregon and California drivers? How would the toll be collected from us and our southern neighbors? Or from others from around this continent using Interstate 5 to cross […]


How would bridge toll work?

Written November 8th, 2013 by Hasso Hering

The Oregon legislature may be asked in February to approve a plan to build the Columbia River Crossing in Portland without Washington state’s help. There are many complicated parts to this issue, and for downstate motorists who cross into Washington only occasionally, the question of tolling is of particular interest.


Columbia River Crossing: Too much

Written October 14th, 2013 by

There’s a move afoot to call the legislature into yet another special session — the second this month — to approve a plan to build the Columbia River Crossing. This could be a very costly move. The Washington legislature has refused to help pay for the new bridge, so now it would be up to […]


‘Crossing’: No we can’t

Written August 21st, 2013 by

What’s happening with the Columbia River Crossing, the proposed new interstate bridge in Portland, looks like a symptom of what’s wrong with America. We just can’t get things done any more, especially big things. The twin I-5 bridges in Portland have to be replaced or fixed. So for more than 10 years, planning has taken […]


 
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