MWACT - Area Commission on Transportation
|Five Crossing Safety Projects|
Final project estimate at $566,220
|Our region's final recommendation list (detail)|
|Five Crossing Safety Projects|
Final project estimate at $566,220
|Our region's final recommendation list (detail)|
|Anatomy of streets - Buses and Cars Presentation|
|Salem General Hospital - Maternity Unit, 1980s|
(Salem Library Historic Photos)
|General Hospital buildings to be demolished|
(Dome Building at State Hospital on right for context)
|Pietro Belluschi's 1946-8 First National Bank:|
Demolition permit issued September 1st
The analysis described in this memo is preliminary and is intended to represent conceptual recommendations as to which TSM/TDM elements appear to have the most influence on travel behavior, to help inform the decision on range of alternatives for the project. The memo is not intended to make policy recommendations such as whether or not user fees, or what type, should be used. Also, while the travel model itself is a valid tool for planning purposes, the assumptions used in any given scenario are subject to discussion. Further refinement of the scenarios described in the memo will be required prior to detailed implementation of any of the concepts discussed. [italics added]
|September's Keeling Curve - CO2 earth|
|CO2 effects known in 1912|
"we've been talking about climate change for a long time"
Our 2016 Harvest began before September, the first time ever on August 30th, and ended one month later, September 30th , never touching October for the first time ever! With this vintage showing earliest-ever Budbreak and earliest-ever Harvest timing and with almost non-existent rain, this could be California! However, it wasn’t all Baja-Oregon in nature, since the heat didn’t bake things as searingly as the last three years....Note the "first time ever" and "earliest-ever" bits.
|October has been 3 degrees warmer than average|
Based on the attached information, it is ODOT's opinion that the Salem River Crossing Project has met the requirements of, and is consistent with, the OHP Major Improvements Policy and Action 1G.1.So let's look at their case. (The memo is italicized and indented here: Bold italics are in original, regular italics are added. Roman type is commentary and not in the memo.)
Action 1G.1It seems to me that analysis ODOT offers to support these claims is generally weak and largely not supported:
Use the following priorities for developing corridor plans, transportation system plans, the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program, and project plans to respond to highway needs. Implement higher priority measures first unless a lower priority measures is clearly more cost effective or unless it clearly better supports safety, growth management, or other livability and economic viability considerations. Plans must document the findings which support using lower priority measures before higher priority measures.
|Preliminary Concept for 245 Court Street|
(Notes added) - via CB|Two
|Pioneer Trust Bank: Mid-rise perfectly scaled here|
The 245 Court will be to the same scale
At last night's meeting of the Urban Renewal agency, CB2 Architects presented their design plans for a cool new "mixed use" development on the corners of Front and Court Street that will use urban renewal funds and bring 40 units of 1 and 2 bedroom rental housing to downtown. (CANDO officially endorsed this project at its last meeting.) The response was nothing short of enthusiastic, except the Mayor had a concern:
I notice that a landscaped plaza is planned for the open area between the two structures and will provide both private and public open space? Well, being one of the Chairs of the Mid-Willamette Homeless Initiative and dealing with so many of the issues of the homeless in downtown, and the many vagrancy problems that we are facing, I'm concerned about any amount of public space...I'm sure you don't want to build it like a fortress with gates and walls, but as a downtown resident, there are moments when I feel like I would like to live behind gates and walls. It's just a reality of the environment that we have downtown.It seems the Mayor "just wanted to be certain that we weren't imposing upon you a responsibility to provide public space in order to receive grant funds." In response CB2 said, "We have not put any thought into how we are going to control the homeless people."
|January 21st, 1892 (that 26th is wrong!)|
|Chitwood Bar came off Mill Creek in 1915|
As a young engineer, I remember attending a seminar that had a brief section on complete streets and traffic calming. I remember being annoyed. I remember thinking it was a waste of my time. I design streets for cars. Bikes are recreation and they belong on trails....That narrative arc from "bikes belong on trails" to "bicycling is the highest returning investment" is a useful one!
Join us for Bike Week at Strong Towns, as we examine the highest returning investment a city can make: making it easier for people to bike.
|MassDOT Separated Bike Lane Guide|
The planning process for Salem’s first constructed bike boulevard continues. The City of Salem has signed an Intergovernmental Agreement with the Oregon Department of Transportation outlining the work, traffic counts and data compilation have begun, and October brings the first meeting of the Maple/Winter Family Friendly Bikeway Project Advisory Team. Team members include:DKS is a familiar face on Salem Transportation projects: They did the Commercial-Vista Corridor Project and are doing the OR-22/Mission Street project underway now. But Toole Design has not been active recently here. Alta has done most of that kind of work. (They were involved in Bike and Walk Salem and in the Cherriots RideShare Plan.) The graphic above from Massachusetts is one by the Toole Group, and they have been more visible lately on some national projects. So that will be interesting to see if there is a difference in perspective or anything meaningfully apparent from the outside.
Geoff Darling, Chairman, Highland NA
Eric Bradfield, Co-Chair, Grant NA
Sam Skillern, Co-Chair, Grant NA
Bruce Hoffman, Chair, CAN-DO
Angela Obery, Salem Bike Boulevard Advocates
Eric Cardella, Boys & Girls Club
Kirk Seyfert, Northwest Hub Bike Shop
Tim France, Director of Operations, Salem Alliance
Anthony Gamallo, Tansportation Planner, Salem
Julie Warnke, Transportation Planning Manager, Salem
Scott Mansur, Transportation Engineer, DKS Associates
Lacy Brown, Transportation Safety Engineer, DKS
Jessica Zdeb, Transportation Planner, Toole Design Grp
The Oregon Public Transportation Plan is one of several statewide transportation mode and topic plans that refine, apply, and implement the Oregon Transportation Plan (OTP).They're holding an Open House today at the Chemeketa Center for Business and Industry at 1pm. It's probably too late for that, but there's also an online version (from which the slide above is taken).
1997 Oregon Public Transportation Plan (OPTP) (PDF)
OPTP development, guided by stakeholders, is expected to take about two years from when a diverse Policy Advisory Committee (PAC) began its work in April 2016. See the OPTP Development General Timeline (PDF) for details. In addition to the PAC, a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) will participate in the OPTP development to advise ODOT on specific topics.
ODOT’s work began with research on existing conditions and possible plan topics. ODOT conducted interviews with a sample of stakeholders from around the state regarding what may need to be considered in the plan. These stakeholders' initial advice is captured in the OPTP Summary of Stakeholder Interviews (PDF).
ODOT’s research on current conditions and opportunities for public transportation included a survey of public transportation providers and a workshop at the 2015 Oregon Public Transportation Conference, See the summary of themes and ideas from the survey and workshop for what was learned. Survey results can be seen in the OPTP Workshop and Provider Survey Summary (PDF).
|The NEPA process has been 10 years long!|
|We mailed notice to people|
and created a website!
|There is a long history of public involvement!|
Generally, Goal 1 is satisfied when a local government follows the public involvement procedures set out in its acknowledged comprehensive plan and land use regulations. Outreach and citizen involvement have been a central part of the NEPA environmental process for the SRC project for about ten years....The question comes down to other rulings and case law I guess. What does "planning process" refer to in this phrase: "Goal 1: Citizen Involvement - To develop a citizen involvement program that insures the opportunity for citizens to be involved in all phases of the planning process."
In summary, there has been a long history of public involvement in the NEPA process for the SRC Project....
|Improve efficiency before adding capacity|
(Oregon Highway Plan, Policy 1G)
|1861 and 1852 survey maps with an SRC and modern overlay|
(if the caption reads left to right, the dates are switched!)
Goal 12 and Transportation Planning Rules
Goal 12 and the Transportation Planning Rules (OAR chapter 660, division 12) apply to the Salem TSP and UGB amendments, so the comments below apply to both of these actions.
The findings for transportation need address some of the elements of Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR) 660-012-0030, but the findings are missing some key references.
OAR 660-012-0030(1) requires that the “TSP shall identify transportation needs ... including: (a) State, regional, and local transportation needs.” OAR 660-012-0015(3) requires that local TSPs must be “consistent with regional TSPs and adopted elements of the state TSP.” The findings (Section 184.108.40.206, page 80) note that the Oregon Highway Plan (OHP) does not identify a need for an improved Willamette River crossing in Salem. The findings include projections of future traffic volumes that would exceed the mobility targets adopted in the Policy 1F of the OHP. In response, the findings say that the “The State proposes to adopt Alternative Mobility Targets.” This implies that consistency with the state plan will be achieved by amending the standards within the OHP, rather than by adding a project to the state plans.
The findings in this section do not include OHP Policy 1G, which calls for improving the efficiency of, or adding capacity to, the existing highway system before adding new facilities. The findings include a cross-reference stating that “consistency with statewide transportation plans is provided in Section 4.2.4.” State transportation plans are actually addressed in Section 4.2.5 (page 168). OHP Policy 1G is included in Section 220.127.116.11 (page 172); however, this section does not contain any findings, and points back to “Section 3.X .” With this circular cross-reference, the findings do not address Policy 1G....
|Shaff Road, site of fatal crash this morning|
via Marion County Sheriff
Around 6:30 a.m., this morning, deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office were called to a vehicle versus bicyclist crash on Shaff Road SE near Rainwater Road SE near Stayton. When deputies arrived they found a single vehicle had struck a bicyclist killing the cyclist instantly.Let's talk about the asymmetry.
Early indications show that the cyclist [Charles Michael Phillips] was traveling east on Shaff Road when an eastbound minivan [Wendy Jordan] struck the bicycle. The area the crash took place has very little shoulder and no lighting. At the time of the crash it was dark, rainy and the cyclist was wearing dark clothing and no light on the bicycle.
The driver of the vehicle remained on the scene and is cooperating with investigators. Identities of the involved will be released once the appropriate notifications have been made. Shaff Road was closed for 2 hours while investigators processed the scene, Shaff Road has now reopened for regular traffic. [map link added]
|Draft EIS, Chapter 3.4|
on Environmental Justice
Hear from representatives of five local and statewide groups making a difference, and how you can get involved. The panel will be moderated by WU Economics Professor Emeritus Russ Beaton. Speakers include:It will also be at 6:30pm on the WU Campus in Ford Hall, Room: 122, the Film Studies Auditorium.
- Gregory Monahan, PhD Chair, Beyond Gas and Oil Team Oregon Sierra Club
- Laurie Dougherty Co-Coordinator 350.org Salem
- Tamara Staton Regional Coordinator for the Greater Pacific Northwest Citizens Climate Lobby
- Shilpa Joshi Organizing Director Renew Oregon
- Nic Shipley President Students for Divestment at Willamette University
oppose the City of Salem’s current land use action to expand the city’s Urban Growth Boundary and amend the Transportation System Plan and to authorize Director [Kathy] Lincoln at the October 12th Joint Public Hearing on behalf of the Board of Directors.Apparently they are being urged (or pressured) to reconsider.
This action was taken based, in part, for the following reasons:The three bullet points seem pretty well founded, so there's no real reason for Cherriots to back down. The rushing is even worse than what is portrayed in the Staff Report: The set of memos from September 29th were all deleted, replaced, shuffled, and augmented in the blizzard.
• The City was rushing the action when technical reports are not complete to review on the Salem Alternative;
• Jurisdiction of the bridge has not been determined;
• The Salem River Crossing (SRC) Oversight Committee should have been reconvened to discuss the proposed action. This resulted in the Transit District not being included in the conversation.
Since the Board’s action, the City of Salem published the October 12th public hearing notice on September 22; and on September 29, twelve (12) report addenda and summaries were posted on the City’s website.
In addition , the Board received feedback from other members of the SRC and the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce requesting they reconsider their action. As a result, President Krebs called for a special meeting of the Board to discuss this situation and consider whether or not the action should be rescinded, modified, or left as is.
Transportation Demand Management (TDM)
The TDM recommendations are divided into two broad groups, TDM Implementation Strategies and TDM Concepts. The TDM Concepts are further divided into five categories, with some overlap: (1) Multi-Modal Concepts, (2) Bicycle/Pedestrian Specific Concepts, (3) Transit Specific Concepts, (4) Parking Specific Concepts, and (5) Carpool/Vanpool Specific Concepts. Cherriots Rideshare serves as the lead organization for TDM in the Salem area.
TDM Implementation Strategies
There has been some progress on advancing three of the four implementation strategies identified in the Alternate Modes Study.
|Minutes from July 26th SKATS-PC Meeting|
Due to public and agency involvement requirements, a joint jurisdiction/agency/Interested Party public hearing will likely be scheduled in mid-October. The purpose of involving multiple participants is to ensure that all parties receive the same information along with everyone hearing public testimony at the same time. Confusion is likely to be less if all parties are provided with the same material, information, testimony at the same time.
|Minutes from August 23rd Cherriots Work Session|
Director Lincoln asked how the Board can review the Technical Reports. Ms. Warncke said the reports will be available seven days before the public hearing on the City’s website for land use records.The schedule was compressed on purpose and information was withheld from other Public Agencies in addition to the general public.
|26 documents under "staff reports"|
|Climate change in wine: 2003 was really hot,|
and was our hottest vintage until 2014 and 2015 eclipsed it.
via Linfield Wine History Archive
|Our greenhouse gases are supposed to go down,|
but the SRC causes a 16% increase in energy use
(Notional comment in red added*;
DLCD Greenhouse Gas Target Rule Presentation)
Land and uses developed on the land shall be managed and controlled so as to maximize the conservation of all forms of energy, based upon sound economic principles.This may be relevant in the approval criteria for the proposed UGB expansion.
[V]ehicles traveling along the routes identified in the study area would consume approximately 475,132 MBtus of energy per year by 2040. This is the equivalent of approximately 3.91 million gallons of fuel. The preferred alternative would result in a 16.1 percent increase in operational energy consumption in 2040 compared to the No Build Alternative....
The preferred alternative is expected to have more vehicular demand compared to No Build Alternative because of expanded roadway capacity from the new north bridges and extension of Marine Drive to connect Riverbend Road to the north and OR 22 to the south. Despite the increase in traffic volume, the preferred alternative has slightly higher speeds (less delay) compared to the No Build Alternative. This results in higher fuel efficiency but does not offset the increase in traffic volume, so energy consumption will increase between scenarios. Also, the distance of all the segments for the preferred alternative are longer than the distances in No Build Alternative due to the extension of Marine Drive. Since the preferred alternative has more segments and more mileage than the No Build Alternative, it will result in higher energy consumption. [italics added]
The Big Jump Project is a three-year effort to help 10 places achieve a big jump in biking – a doubling or tripling of people riding – by building a network of safe and comfortable places to ride and engaging the community. The goal is also to validate a core concept: that if a city does all the right things, more people will ride and the community will be a better place to live, work and play. The Big Jump team is looking for 10 places that will achieve great things for biking between now and 2020.The City proposes to focus on
the area generally bounded by Salem Parkway to the north, 12th Street to the east, Bush’s Pasture Park to the south, and the Willamette River to the west. This focus area meets many of the interest areas prioritized by the Big Jump Project, including safety, access to jobs in neighborhoods with concentrations of low income residents, connecting to paths and parks to encourage physical activity, and growing tourism.
|Nesting Herons - via Eastside Audubon of King County|
Impacts to birds would stem from habitat loss and from increased noise levels. Bald eagles potentially use areas within the API, but nesting bald eagles have not been observed within 1 mile of the ROW footprint since 2006 (ORBIC, 2016). Operation of the preferred alternative could disturb resting or foraging eagles and other raptors. However, raptors using this area are habituated to traffic and anthropogenic noise, and adverse effects are unlikely.It seems pretty clear that this was an "arm chair" investigation, conducted by desk, and that no actual wildlife survey or other field investigation for birds was conducted!
ESA-listed species, such as northern spotted owl, marbled murrelet, streaked horned lark, and yellow-billed cuckoo, are not known to occur in the API, although potentially suitable habitat exists for lark and cuckoo. Consequently, adverse effects on these species are not expected.
Other migratory birds most likely will be displaced from lost or modified habitats, or acclimate to traffic-related disturbances. Among those likely to be displaced are great blue herons reported to nest in a rookery on McLane Island. The MBTA ensures that tree clearing will not interfere with nesting behavior.
The new elevated bridge and viaduct structures over water and adjacent to tree canopies might cause potential bird-strike impacts. Birds typically fly in evasive trajectories during daylight hours with high visibility, but may not be able to see fencing, netting, railing, lighting, or other features of the elevated structures, or vehicles, as well during periods of low visibility and at night, particularly during migration, when their flight trajectories may be more haphazard, and collisions may be more likely (Dirksen et al., 2000). In addition, birds are known to fly at lower elevations during migration when weather is unfavorable, increasing collision risk (Richardson, 2000). Birds tend to be attracted by, and disoriented by, bright white lights, especially during migration, at night, and during poor weather or fog (Avery et al., 1976; Longcore et al., 2008). Disorientation during flight will be minimized by dark-sky lighting techniques.
Some birds may use the new transportation structures for nesting or perching sites. For example, swallows may nest in the bridge and viaduct, and birds of prey may benefit from the nesting swallows. [italics added]
|"Ground Anchors" on an unstable hillside,|
for US20 on the Pioneer Mountain to Eddyville segment
|Former Rose Gardens Motel on Portland Road|
(See history of motel here)
Residential will be installed in the back with the two pads in front reserved for retail development (pads are owned by the Epping family trust). Targeted rental group will be individuals or families earning 60% of median income. Total development costs for the 180 units was opined along with the construction time frame (2018-2019). Anticipated funding will require that the project maintain affordability for 60 years.That's good to learn about the plan for retail in front along Portland Road. While it won't be mixed-use in a vertical orientation, it will be mixed-use on the horizontal axis. That's promising!
|Jason Lee Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church, circa 1912|
via Streetview, 2012
The Jason Lee Church is combining its dwindling congregation with Englewood Methodist. They are looking for creative uses for their building. It would be worth our while to engage them and pursue uses and historic preservation of the structure.Hopefully they'll find new uses for the building. It's a little chunky and blocky, and I do not think of it as among Salem's loveliest just on aesthetics alone. (Here's one of the Barrick postcards with an historic image. They pressed their own concrete blocks, so there's some DIY involved! The First Congregational Church on the Park Blocks in Portland is a little older, and altogether more graceful in comparison.) But by Salem standards it's more than a little venerable and it seems like a candidate to be deconsecrated and repurposed for secular ends. Right across the street there is one of Salem's old fire stations, now an office or something (see here on one of its southside mates), and the six-legged intersection on Fairgrounds and Winter has a pleasantly weird energy that seems ripe for a new vision and modest redevelopment.
Jason Lee Church – future prospectsI know NEN has some of the 1935 relics. You can see them in Mill Creek at Olinger pool, just on the west of the 13th St. footbridge behind ODOT. Does Grant also have some relics? That could be interesting!
Heritage Films – Salem Heritage All Star Forum – Kimberli Fitzgerald
Capitol Building Relics form 1935 Fire – Alice LaViolette
|The latest on Marine Drive, Second Street,|
and the Union St RR Bridge paths and trestle (July 2016)
 West Salem Business District Feasibility Study, Virginia Green;That's a lot of meaty topics of citywide significance as well having neighborhood impact, and if you live in the Grant neighborhood it would be worth your while.
 Salem Plan Amendment UGB Changes, Cara Kaser;
 City Water Rates Discussion;
 Police Facility Discussion
Keep Salem Safe – Yes on 24-399, Patrick Sieng;
Salem Can Do Better PAC, Carole Smith and/or Brian Hines;
Questions & Answers & Discussion;
The conversation around the weekend's op-ed on "pedestrian rights" and "safety" seemed mostly all too predictable. ...