|Portland Road Underpass Sidewalk: Salem Daily Photo Diary|
Icky, and a little scary, in truth.
|Sunnyview under I-5|
|13th Street as it passes under Mission|
|RR Underpass, 1939 - closed today|
|Pringle Parkway: Underpass on Mill Race Path from above|
Crucially, it calls for something wide enough to carry two lanes of car traffic in addition to multi-use side paths for people on foot and on bike. I hope that it is safe to assume the car speeds and volumes are those of a "local street" and not those of a "collector street."
|Make a car-walk-bike connection along the RR line - 2nd Street|
All along it has seemed like Second Street NW should be a bikeway, and not doing a rails-to-trails transformation of the segment of Salem, Falls City & Western railroad in the middle a huge missed opportunity. It also seemed like an overcrossing or undercrossing along it across Wallace would not include car traffic.
|Salem, Falls City & Western Line, 1915 USGS map|
|New Second Street with sidewalks, swales, curbs, and stalls|
So what do you think?
Update, February 4th, 2015
If you've walked from downtown to Corbett/Lair Hill neighborhood in Portland, you'll know all about the ramp spaghetti for the Ross Island Bridge and how it sliced through the neighborhood and created huge barriers.
Following along Grover Street, a sidewalk and path leads to an underpass, a tunnel really, below SW Naito Parkway just before it transitions into Barbur Boulevard.
|Sidewalk and Underpass on SW Barbour/Naito Parkway - Metro|
(sorry for the blue shift; the color got off in resizing!)
|Inside the tunnel: Scary at Night - via Metro|
In the 20th century, roadway project after roadway project pushed through Lair Hill: the Ross Island Bridge in 1926, Oregon Highway 99W (of which Naito Parkway is a remnant), Barbur Boulevard in the 1930s, and interstates 5 and 405 in the 1960s.This is the design challenge for an underpass connecting Second Street to the Union Street Railroad Bridge under Wallace Road.
Each roadway project, along with a massive urban renewal project in the 1960s, further carved up the neighborhood and destroyed blocks of homes and businesses. Little thought was given to the needs of the residents who stayed: how they'd get to former neighbors' houses, or to a favorite corner grocery.
The pedestrian tunnel under Naito was one consolation.
But today, many pedestrians – particularly at night – avoid its darkness in favor of a quick, dangerous dash across those busy lanes of Naito traffic.
Here's another one of the paths under the big Mission Street Overpass between 12th and 17th. This one is along the RR between 13th and 14th.
|Multiuse path under Mission along RR alignment|
An underpass at Wallace really hinges on design. It's crucial.