Governors show leadership on bridge
The type of leadership that's often absent from this state was on display Monday morning when the governors of Oregon and Washington declared in Portland that a new Interstate 5 bridge across the Columbia River will move forward with an affordable design.
Gov. John Kitzhaber and Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire came together at Jantzen Beach to announce that the time to debate the design of the Columbia River Crossing has passed. As Gregoire noted, 'Sometimes, somebody just has to make a decision.'
Those were refreshing words on this side of the Columbia River, where decision making often takes a back seat to unending process and the pursuit of consensus.
Kitzhaber and Gregoire opted for a more practical approach when they chose a simpler design for the bridge. In doing so, they optimize the chances that this bridge will receive $1.3 billion in federal funding.
Proceeding with the bridge in an expeditious manner is important to the Northwest's safety, livability and economy. Governors are elected to make the big decisions - and this is one that the two leaders got right.