By Stevie Mathieu, March 6, 2013, The Columbian
In a letter sent to Columbia River Crossing Director Nancy Boyd today, U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, asked Boyd to explain why certain CRC expenses are necessary.
If the CRC project’s goal is to replace the Interstate 5 Bridge over the Columbia River, improve nearby freeway interchanges and extend Portland light rail into Vancouver, then why is some CRC money marked for a TriMet maintenance facility in Gresham, Ore., or for upgrades to Portland’s Steel Bridge, Herrera Beutler asked Boyd in the letter.
Several of the project expenses questioned by Herrera Beutler have been brought up in reports by forensic accountant and CRC critic Tiffany Couch.
Herrera Beutler also asked why the Vancouver extension of light rail is expected to cost more per mile than light rail stretches in Portland and Seattle.