|The Final Fantasy: Funding Strategy for a Third Bridge|
|Even the Road Builders Lobby says:|
The Marion Street Bridge should be fixed first!
Given Councilor Lewis' interest in Marine Drive, it seems likely that he and his allies will try for an opposite gesture.
Five votes for "fix it first" will not be easy to get.
The Oversight Team has been quiet this winter, but recently posted a couple of new updates related to the funding workshop activity in December.
|Oversight Team Summary|
|The SKATS TIP has to have a funded project|
for the Record of Decision
The funding memo points out what has already been apparent, that it could be funded locally with property taxes and System Development Charges and wouldn't have to wait on State or Federal action.
|Marine Drive funded locally|
|The possibility of Enhance funding|
Streetscaping improvements to a highway that serves as a community main street, which can make biking, walking, and transit more attractive and safe options, and increase a community’s economic vitality and livability by providing a more attractive street environment.A project like the Third Bridge would suck up all or virtually all of the Salem area allocation of "Enhance" funding and jeopardize or even eliminate our ability to fund other, more worthwhile projects.
- A project that includes improvements providing better pedestrian and bicycle access to transit stops along a highway corridor, making transit a safer and more attractive alternative to driving on the state system.
- A project that fills gaps in the biking and walking networks around schools, providing safer travel options for children and reducing morning congestion associated with parents driving children to school. (Infrastructure projects are eligible for Enhance. Education/outreach types of projects are eligible for funds from ODOT’s Transportation Safety Division.)
- Enhancements to major historic/cultural sites, points of interest along a Scenic Byway or Bikeway, and transportation facilities that provide access to these destinations, thereby improving visitors’ quality of experience and supporting tourism benefits to Oregon’s communities.
- A project that improves or fills gaps on a regional trail that is designed and routed to serve a transportation function, providing safe, comfortable, and attractive options for biking or walking as an alternative to driving.
It's not just the cost of a Third Bridge, it's the opportunity cost: If we choose to fund this, what then do we have to give up?
Rotterdam? Aarhus? Hamburg? Nope. Indianapolis, Indiana. The times they are a-changin'. pic.twitter.com/6gDCWxVTG1Consider attending the Goal setting session or writing Council to support Councilor Andersen and to say "fix it first."
— Chris Bruntlett (@modacitylife) April 17, 2015
Council meets at 6:00pm on Monday in the Andersen Rooms at the Library. (See N3B for more.)