CRC officials critical of Coast Guard

first_imgNew state panel would keep eye on CRC projectColumbia River Crossing officials fired back at the Coast Guard late Monday, saying the agency failed for five years to mention any concerns about the planned 95-foot clearance under the new Interstate 5 bridge being too low.The Columbian reported on Friday that the Coast Guard –which must give the go-ahead to bridge plans — told the CRC that plans for the $3.2 billion project included a bridge that won’t allow all ships and cargos to fit underneath.At least seven groups, including Vancouver’s Thompson Metal Fab, have come forward saying their work requires more than 100 feet of clearance, a need the Coast Guard says the CRC should have taken into account and planned for.On Monday, CRC Director Nancy Boyd emailed several documents to state legislators and others, detailing more than a dozen times since 2004 that the Coast Guard could have provided comments on the project.Boyd said particularly telling was that the Coast Guard did not say a word during the comment period for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement, released in 2008.last_img read more