Proposed bridge will create unintended consequences
To the editor:
I recently got to listen to the presentations given on the newly proposed toll bridge in place of the Canby Ferry. They provided figures of just of $50 million in municipal bond debt to pay for this new bridge, and approximately $100 million in total principal and interest over 25 years.
They estimate this would generate some 3,000 trips per day. The new bridge would have bike lanes and would be designed to be earthquake friendly.
The roads approaching the Canby Ferry on the Canby side are largely country roads with little or no shoulders, certainly not designed for high volumes of traffic.
On the West Linn/Wilsonville side of the river, the roads are largely the same with little or no shoulders. Pete's Mountain road, which leads to the Willamette District of West Linn and Advance Road, which leads to Wilsonville are certainly not designed for high volumes of traffic.
It would cost many millions of dollars to improve these roads on both sides of the river to make this proposed bridge a safe route to travel. Who is going to pay for all these road improvements? I believe widening the I-5 bridge at Wilsonville and improving Highway 99E would be much more productive projects.
The unintended consequences of massive amounts of traffic on unsuitable roads would likely lead to undesired outcomes.
Governor's insurance idea doesn't make financial sense
To the editor:
I recently read that Kate Brown, our Oregon governor, is considering reestablishing double health insurance for public employees.
This benefit was eliminated in a prior legislative session to save taxpayer dollars.
With our schools not being funded adequately and with the continuing high cost burden of PERS, how can Gov. Brown even think of reestablishing this benefit and increasing benefits/costs for government workers.
Most businesses have eliminated this benefit as employer health costs continue to increase. We cannot afford to increase state government expenses and continue to do so with increased taxes.
Normal businesses manage costs. Sadly this governor does not seem to understand that concept.
Is she that beholding to the unions that she does not consider the negative economic impacts of such a decision on the citizens and businesses in this State?