- Presenters, citizens very much in favor of additional corridors, crossings
VANCOUVER — Fulfilling her desired goal of presenting viable transportation congestion solutions and listening to the thoughts and concerns of Clark County citizens, Rep. Liz Pike held the third in a series of Transportation Solutions Legislative Town Hall meetings Saturday at Washington State University Vancouver’s Dengerink Administration building.
Pike began the series in February and continued it with a second town hall in May and the final of the three Saturday. The focus has been how to fix the transportation issues Clark County residents experience on a daily basis.
“Traffic congestion along the Interstate 5 and Interstate 205 corridors between Portland, Oregon and Southwest Washington is getting worse,’’ Pike said. “Koin 6 News (in Portland) is reporting traffic volumes are up 300 percent from a year ago.
“Hanjin and Hapag-Lloyd have pulled out of Terminal 6 at the Port of Portland,’’ Pike added. “Hundreds of thousands of shipping containers are now diverted to other West Coast ports, carried by trucks on our local interstate highways. Congestion will only get worse in our region.
“It’s time to move past the defunct Columbia River Crossing (CRC) project and focus on real solutions that will move people and freight through our region in the most efficient and affordable way.’’