Governors Gregoire and Kulongoski pulled together the review panel after four local leaders called for the bridge process to take a step back and consider smaller, greener options for the big bridge project. The governors said there could be no delay in the bridge process and called together an eight-person review panel with no Oregonians similar to ones that oversaw Seattle's disastrous Viaduct and 520 Bridge projects.
The chair of the committee Tom Warne directed a freeway project in Utah that wound up getting slapped by a judge for having a flawed environmental assessment and not evaluating enough alternatives. Hmm... sound familiar? Critics think the panel will do nothing more than sign off on the CRC's current $3 billion plan.
One things for sure: it's going to be an exciting first meeting. The protest meets up at 8:30 AM at the EXPO Center MAX stop.