DOT appoints new director for crossing

first_imgA veteran transportation administrator from Olympia has been appointed director of the Columbia River Crossing office in Vancouver.Nancy Boyd, who previously served as deputy state design engineer, was appointed to the position by Transportation Secretary Paula Hammond.Boyd replaces Don Wagner, the WSDOT regional administrator who was temporarily appointed to the Crossing job in January 2010. Wagner returned to his regular job at the regional office in Orchards after Boyd’s appointment took effect late last week.Wagner introduced Boyd on Tuesday during the regular monthly meeting of the Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Council.“My pledge is to do our best answering your questions and be as forthright as possible in explaining why we’re doing what we’re doing,” Boyd said.Boyd steps in at a crucial time for the $3.6 billion proposal, and Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt, and Clark County commissioners Marc Boldt and Tom Mielke, wasted no time putting her pledge to the test.Leavitt and Boldt both asked about the timing of construction, which theoretically would start in 2013. C-Tran’s board of directors is due to decide next week on a ballot measure asking voters to increase the sales tax to pay to operate an extension of Portland’s light-rail transit system on a new Interstate 5 bridge. But that vote may not occur until November 2012 — a month after the start of the federal fiscal year.Planners anticipate the Federal Transit Administration will provide $850 million to construct the light-rail extension to Clark College.Leavitt and Boldt both asked how it could be possible to begin acquiring right-of-way and breaking ground without assurances that voters will provide the money necessary to operate it.last_img read more