Multiple fires cause traffic havoc ...
Fire closed Interstate 5 north and south of Main Street
in Vancouver this afternoon. The freeway fire started shortly after
2 p.m. and rapidly spread with flames 10 feet high and taller. The
freeway was closed for about 45 minutes. The smoky blaze is near
where the freeway runs through the Burnt Bridge Creek ravine at the
foot of Main Street, according to a witness...
Debate begins on Oregon's planned solar highway ...
Solar highways now join wind turbines and wave-energy
projects on the list of innovations that pit Oregon's increasingly
green ethos against not-in-my-backyard activism. Some residents in
West Linn and Oregon City are gearing up for a battle with the
Oregon Department of Transportation over a proposal to install what
promoters say would be the world's largest solar highway-related
Letters: Consider cost, commerce, safety on I-5 bridge ...
Joe Cortright ought to stop referring to the existing
Interstate 5 Columbia bridges as "sturdy."("Budgeting for a
too-costly bridge," July 26). I have studied through hundreds of
hours of university-level structural engineering classes and I can
assure you that even I am not qualified to assert that the old (and
probably rusted through) steel bridges over the Columbia are sturdy
A $4.1 billion test of congressional leadership ...
On paper, the Interstate 5 bridge is moving along
rapidly. In theory, everybody's signed off on a 12-lane bridge
connecting Portland to Vancouver, with a light-rail train to Clark
College. On paper, the final environmental impact statement is due
in 2010. Construction could start as early as 2012. In theory, the
congressional leadership stars have never been more perfectly
I-5 bridge studies span $65 million and counting ...
A new Interstate 5 bridge over the Columbia River has
so far cost taxpayers $65 million, without a spade of dirt turned.
By this time next year, the tab will hit $100 million -- burning
though cash at a rate of more than $1 million a month...
Motorcycle crash jamming I-5 hospitalized grandfather, grandson ...
Traffic was backed up more than 10 miles on Interstate
5 in southwest Portland Tuesday morning after a driver smashed into
a motorcycle near the SW Corbett exit. The motorcycle was driven by
a 63-year-old man who had his 12-year-old grandson aboard, Detective
Mary Wheat with the Portland Police Bureau said....
ODOT seeks public support for highway solar project ...
Plans are moving forward on a large solar project at an
unused Oregon Department of Transportation rest area near Interstate
205. ODOT is looking to gain public support in the cities of West
Linn and Oregon City to install in the rest area a 3-megawatt solar
array similar to the one recently completed at the Interstate
5/Interstate 205 interchange....
Police pursuit of driver stretches from fairgrounds to Portland ...
When state Trooper Steve Robley noticed a problem with
the trip permit on Christopher Fagan's car on Interstate 5 shortly
after noon Friday, he turned on his overhead flashing lights and
siren to pull him over. Once across the Interstate 5 Bridge,
Portland officers took over the pursuit. In the 8200 block of
Northeast MLK Boulevard, the officers used their cars to push the
Chevrolet into a spin, stopping it, the bulletin said....
The nation’s first highway solar project; at i-5 and i-205 ...
The Oregon Department of Transportation wants to build
the world’s largest highway-based solar energy complex in the
Portland area. The $20 million development would produce 3 megawatts
of electricity. A prime site being considered is a state-owned
hillside parcel along Interstate 205 in West Linn, north of the 10th
Street exit. ODOT is seeking to reduce its energy bill and maximize
use of its highway rights-of-way by developing renewable energy....
New Dome color display targets i-5 travelers ...
Travelers on north and
southbound Interstate 5 will be treated to a new full-color LED
display... a new reader-board for the Tacoma Dome should be up and
running by the week of July 13, Dome manager Mike Combs said last
Grass Fire Causes Brief Closure Of I-5 ...
A grass fire forced a
two-hour closure of Interstate 5 in southern Oregon. The Oregon
Department of Transportation said the highway was closed Sunday
afternoon in both directions between Medford and Phoenix because of
the blaze near mile 26. Crews responded to the fire and
Transportation district manager Jerry Marmon said the northbound
lanes were reopened after about two hours. Southbound lanes have
also since reopened...
Public input needed for I-5 bridge tolls ...
Officials in Oregon and
Washington State are calling for public input as they prepare to set
toll rates for the future Interstate 5 bridge over the Columbia
River. The Columbia River Crossing will replace the existing I-5
bridge at an estimated cost of between $3.1 billion and $4.2
billion. Officials say funding will be generated by tolls as well as
local, state and federal funding...
Overnight bridge lifts to delay I-5 traffic ...
Several overnight bridge
lifts will delay traffic from 15 to 20 minutes at a time tonight and
Saturday night on Interstate 5 between Vancouver and Portland. The
lifts are required so that workers can hand-grease 6 1/2 miles of
cable. The lifts were scheduled to begin at 10 p.m. tonight, through
9 a.m. Saturday...
Hip-hopping up I-5 ...
A trio of local rappers
will be representing the ALB in PDX this weekend. Chesha Cat (real
name Brandon Quinn), Poverty’s Poster Boy (John Nelson) and Bilyeu
(Adam Bilyeu) will join notable West Coast hip-hop artists KOKANE,
Luni Coleone, DJ Chill, Young Prez and others for a show at 8 p.m.
Saturday, June 27, at Whiskey City, 1140 S.E. Powell in Portland...
Traffic a priority during bridge standoff ...
When a man armed with a
knife and a bow stopped his vehicle on the Interstate 5 Bridge and
got out about 3:35 p.m. Sunday, officials on both sides of the
Columbia River went into action - and thousands of motorists came to
a stop. Portland police, who were in charge, ordered the southbound
lanes of the highway closed. They called in heavily armed SERT
members and trained negotiators to convince the man to give up
without harming anyone, including himself. As a nearly four-hour
Two injured in I-5 crash south of Portland ...
The Oregon State Police
says a Junction City man has been hospitalized in critical condition
after the car in which he was a passenger collided with a semi on
Interstate 5 between Salem and Portland. Sgt. Daniel Swift says
65-year-Daniel Campbell was hurt when the car flipped on its top
after striking the concrete barrier...
Suicidal man with bow and arrow closes I-5 bridge for hours ...
A standoff shut down the
I-5 bridge between Oregon and Washington for almost four hours
Sunday evening. According to police, a man stopped his vehicle in
the southbound lanes around 3:30 p.m. and straddled the railing,
armed with a knife, a bow and arrows. The man was threatening to
Single Storm causes 15 to 20 accidents on Interstate 5 ...
Heavy rains starting
about 1:30 p.m. Friday contributed to an estimated 15 to 20
accidents on Interstate 5, Interstate 205, state Highway 503 and
state Highway 14 in Clark County, snarling traffic for hours. As of
5 p.m., when things seemed to quiet down a bit, Trooper Stephen
Robley with the Washington State Patrol said the accidents were
largely caused by drivers going too fast for road and weather
Interstate Bridge maintenance means multiple closures ...
The venerable pair of
bridges connecting Oregon and Washington undergo maintenance this
weekend, Friday June 19th through Sunday June 21st. The 6.5 miles of
cable that raise and lower the lifting spans have to be lubricated
by hand. The sign says it all: expect long delays...
Activists continue to protest new I-5 bridge between Portland and
Protests over plans to
build a 12-lane bridge over the Columbia River continued Sunday,
with some 70 protesters decrying the bridge's climate and air
quality effects. Protesters said the bridge, a replacement for the
existing 6-lane Interstate 5 bridge over the Columbia, would boost
car traffic, undermining Oregon's greenhouse gas reduction goals and
exacerbating negative health effects in communities surrounding the
John Laird: I-5 Bridge myths cloud controversy ...
Even after hundreds of
public meetings, a dizzying schedule of presentations by Columbia
River Crossing officials to civic groups, and dozens of newspaper
stories and videos, myths about the Interstate 5 Bridge persist and
even appear to be growing...