How to Build a Better Bridge? Portland, Oregon’s Traffic Conundrum

I am well over a month into my cross country journey, and one thing I have noticed is that there is traffic congestion everywhere. It doesn't matter what state I've been in, I've run into traffic in all of them. Traffic sucks, and it is only getting worse.

One of the cities I recently visited, Portland, Oregon, has been making moves to become more sustainable. But like many river cities, bridges are an integral part of the traffic equation. A proposal by the city council has been approved to widen six-lane I-5 bridge to Vancouver, Washington to 12 lanes. The project is called the Columbia River Crossing. It is projected to cost $3.6 billion, and in reality, will probably cost much, much more, both in actual costs and increased traffic/lost time. But I may have a better idea.

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