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Among many values being passionately voiced in political arenas all over the world at present, if you are invested in the future of the Portland-Vancouver region, you'd better speak up NOW.
The Oregon and Washington Departments of Transportation just made their recommendations to our governors on February 25 to place “another Marquam Bridge” (Composite Deck Truss bridge type) across the Columbia River at I-5.
We urge you to immediately join us in telling our governors that the public wants a bridge which will embrace our landscape and catalyze opportunities for our communities’ vitality and economic growth via excellence in urban planning and design. Of the three bridge types that the governors will imminently choose among, the Cable-Stayed bridge type is the one that Portland, Vancouver and the larger region deserve. Furthermore, we advocate that efforts begin immediately for the project to engage a talented and experienced architect to lead the design process of a world-class bridge. This massive investment by our community deserves no less of a return.
The DOT’s recommendation is based on a report by an expert Bridge Review Panel (BRP), but it appears to leave out some important information, and has its own takes on other aspects. We would encourage you to read the BRP report (see Bridge Review Panel report, below).
Some information that may be helpful to you:
Please -- WE URGE YOU -- take a few minutes to write to your elected officials and ask them to BUILD THE RIGHT BRIDGE NOW – one that will bring the greatest return on our investment in the Columbia River Crossing.
We have provided some draft language, below; please adapt it to represent your views or write your own letter, and send it to your governor with copies to the official representatives listed. You may also submit your comments to the CRC online at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, please plan to attend one of the official CRC Bridge Type Recommendation Listening Sessions on March 10 (details in left column).
THANK YOU FOR SPEAKING UP NOW IN SUPPORT OF OUR REGION'S FUTURE!
A computerized rendering of a Composite Deck Truss bridge type, as recommended to the governors by Washington and Oregon Departments of Transportation.
The Cable-Stayed bridge type favored by the public (as stated in the Bridge Review Panel's February 3, 2011 report).
We encourage you to read the facts for yourself, and view larger images of the bridge types studied, in the February 3 CRC Project Bridge Review Panel Final Report. This report was compiled by a panel of worldwide experts on bridge design, engineering and construction -- not the local highway planners who have recommended the "Marquam Bridge type" to our governors.
Please use any or all of the following text in writing a letter to your governor, and any of the additional parties, listed below.
As your constituent, I urge you to BUILD THE RIGHT BRIDGE NOW at the Columbia River Crossing.
As you are poised to make a crucial decision that will determine the CRC project’s path forward, please consider the communities most affected by that decision, the potential for positive growth in the region, and the legacy that will be left for future generations.
Among the three options, the Cable-Stayed bridge type is the most desirable because it:
The Columbia River Crossing will serve as a daily reminder of your leadership to thousands of residents and visitors of this region for decades to come. As a nation, we are in a heated debate about the legacy we will leave our children and grandchildren with respect to many important issues. This bridge will boldly influence the sustainability and future development of the region. Our great responsibility to future generations is to build the best bridge and concurrent transportation infrastructure.
This is a profound opportunity to unite our region, embrace our landscape, and catalyze opportunities for vitality and economic growth on both sides of the Columbia River via excellent urban planning and design. Please don’t disappoint us.
Please select the Cable-Stayed bridge type and immediately begin the process to engage an experienced and talented architect to lead the design process of a world-class bridge. This massive investment by our community deserves no less of a return.
(your name here)
The Honorable John A. Kitzhaber, M.D., Governor, State of Oregon, 900 Court Street, 160 State Capitol Salem OR 97301-4047, fax: 503-378-6827, online comments
The Honorable Christine O. Gregoire, Governor, State of Washington, Box 40002 Olympia WA 98504-0002, fax: 360-753-4110, online comments
For additional background on why design advocacy is so important to this project, lease watch the video, Crossing The Columbia: What Does It Mean? from the forum presented by Architecture Foundation of Oregon and PDXplore last March.