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> Multiple fires cause traffic havoc ... Aug 1/09
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... cont...
> Debate begins on Oregon's planned solar highway ... July 30/09
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 project... cont...
> Letters: Consider cost, commerce, safety on I-5 bridge ... July 28/09
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 or safe... cont...
> A $4.1 billion test of congressional leadership ... July 26/09
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 aligned... cont...
> I-5 bridge studies span $65 million and counting ... July 22/09
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... cont...
> Motorcycle crash jamming I-5 hospitalized grandfather, grandson ... July 14/09
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.... cont...
> ODOT seeks public support for highway solar project ... July 14/09
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.... cont...
> Police pursuit of driver stretches from fairgrounds to Portland ... July 11/09
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.... cont...
> The nation’s first highway solar project; at i-5 and i-205 ... July 9/09
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.... cont...
> New Dome color display targets i-5 travelers ... July 7/09
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 week... cont...
> Grass Fire Causes Brief Closure Of I-5 ... July 5/09
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... cont...
> Public input needed for I-5 bridge tolls ... June 26/09
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... cont...
> Overnight bridge lifts to delay I-5 traffic ... June 26/09
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... cont...
> Hip-hopping up I-5 ... June 25/09
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... cont...
> Traffic a priority during bridge standoff ... June 23/09
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 drama began... cont...
> Two injured in I-5 crash south of Portland ... June 22/09
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... cont...
> Suicidal man with bow and arrow closes I-5 bridge for hours ... June 22/09
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 jump... cont...
> Single Storm causes 15 to 20 accidents on Interstate 5 ... June 19/09
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 conditions... cont...
> Interstate Bridge maintenance means multiple closures ... June 19/09
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... cont...
> Activists continue to protest new I-5 bridge between Portland and Vancouver ... June 15/09
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 highway... cont...
> John Laird: I-5 Bridge myths cloud controversy ... June 14/09
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... cont...



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