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Columbia River Crossing

Program management oversight keeps project on track while safety and mobility solutions are explored.
  • Rendering of proposed Columbia River Crossing-Gannett Fleming

    Project management oversight aids mega-project.

U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration

Portland, Oregon, to Vancouver, Washington

Our Role
Project Management Oversight

7 years

  • Provided project management oversight until ultimate project closure in 2014.

The aging U.S. Interstate 5 (I-5) where it crosses the Columbia River has limited freight and mass transit options, narrow bicycle and pedestrian pathways, and earthquake vulnerability. For nearly a decade, key stakeholders focused on developing a solution for increasing mobility and reducing congestion on this critical corridor.

What We Did

Plans for this bi-state project included incorporating safety shoulders, wider lanes, and connections to and from I-5 to eliminate or improve closely spaced interchanges and reduce collisions; replacing the bridge with one that meets current seismic standards for earthquake protection; and extending light rail into Vancouver to decrease congestion and offer alternative transportation options. 

Gannett Fleming provided project management oversight (PMO) on behalf of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). Work involved two federal partners, 12 tribal governments, multiple state agencies, two transit agencies, two cities, two metropolitan planning organizations, and other interests; the project has resulted in 50 third-party agreements, shared leadership, several financial plans, jurisdictional and cultural differences, nine inter-government agreements, and 20 permits. Ultimately, the project was discontinued after construction funds did not materialize.

Key Features

  • Provided independent, objective assessment of technical capacity and capability

  • Verified project compliance with applicable statutes, regulations, and FTA guidance

  • Confirmed conformance with sound engineering and project management practices

  • Monitored adherence with project plans and specifications.

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