Columbia River Crossing – Update on Bridge Type and Design

Friday, April 15, 2011, 12:00pm to 1:00pm PDT
Nancy Boyd, CRC Project Director for Washington Frank Green, P.E., CRC Structural Engineering Manager

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Abstract: The Columbia River Crossing (CRC) is a long-term, comprehensive solution to address problems on five miles of Interstate 5 between Portland and Vancouver. The project will replace the I-5 bridge, enhance pedestrian and bicycle paths, extend light rail to Vancouver and improve closely-spaced interchanges. Earlier this year, Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber and Washington Governor Chris Gregoire directed their transportation departments to evaluate three feasible bridge types suggested by an expert bridge review panel - composite deck truss, tied arch and cable-stayed. The seminar presentation includes a general overview of the project, its current status and next steps.

Ms. Boyd has been with the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) for 20 years and was recently appointed as the CRC Project Director for Washington. She has worked in geotechnical engineering, project development, planning, safety research, project management and most recently served as WSDOT’s Deputy State Design Engineer. Over the course of her career, Ms. Boyd led several innovative efforts to develop policies and guidance on such diverse topics as context sensitive design, project management, accessible/universal design, quality control/quality assurance and climate change adaptation.

Mr. Green has worked for WSDOT for the past nine years, with the last five as a member of the CRC project team. Frank is currently responsible for ensuring all aspects of the conceptual design meet the standards and policies of WSDOT, ODOT, FHWA and FTA. Frank is also responsible for coordinating and conducting the Value Engineering and Cost Estimate Validation Process workshops for CRC.