INFRASTRUCTURE AND TRANSPORTATION:
Our 3rd Congressional District is heavily dependent on federal highways, rail and marine transportation. This infrastructure needs funding to be properly maintained and expanded to meet growing needs.
I will not, however, accept frivolous transportation bills whose costs are not proportional to the need, like the infamous Gravina Island Bridge to nowhere.
We have a serious congestion issue between Oregon and Washington. The problem needs attended to with solutions, which alleviate congestion – to the satisfaction of the constituents. For further information, see my platform statement on “no Oregon tolls.”
Several constituents have talked about alternatives for infrastructure that expands tunnels to connect Portland to Vancouver or building a bridge western sides (and perhaps even a second eastern bridge) of the I-5 bridge. As your Congressional Representative, I will aggressively serve as liaison with our county and state leadership to the appropriate federal entities.
This project will be a massive undertaking that will involve bi-state involvement with policy makers on both side of the river, multiple budgets and several constituencies to come to an accord on how to proceed.
I will work towards the most optimal outcome for both commuting constituents, the ports and businesses with freight to be moved in order to ensure minimal disruption to trade and movement.