|Center Street at Commercial, one-way at present - streetview|
An Intergovernmental Agreement has been prepared to identify the roles and responsibilities for the seismic upgrade study. Highlights of the agreement are as follows:The proposed IGA is limited, however, and Council may want to consider holding off a little and expanding it.
Additionally, the State of Oregon recently received Legislative approval through the Transportation Funding Package for an estimated $60 million dollars to complete seismic upgrades to the Center Street Bridge. The City will continue to coordinate with ODOT after the seismic upgrade study is complete to facilitate the design and construction of the final improvements.
- The cost estimate for the seismic study is $200,000. MWVCOG will provide $179,460 of federal funds; ODOT will provide $15,405 of local match funds; and the City will provide $5,135 of local match funds.
- ODOT will select a consultant to perform the study and be responsible for overall management of the work.
- City staff will assist ODOT with the consultant selection process and provide input on key decisions and the final report.
- The study is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2018.
the Parties agree to cooperate in the preparation of a seismic retrofit study of the Center Street Bridge and connected structures that will produce a plan and cost estimate for completion of seismic retrofit measures for the identified vulnerable elements based on a full (Phase 1 and Phase 2) seismic retrofit approach such that the bridge and connected structures would survive a major seismic event and continue to provide a functioning crossing of the Willamette River...The plan right now does not appear to give sufficient consideration to movement, to mobility, beyond the structural engineering necessary to make the structure survive a quake. After a quake, presumably the Marion Street Bridge will be toast, and two-way functioning across the remaining bridge will be necessary, at least until the Marion Bridge is repaired or replaced. This is, then, both an immediate problem after quake, and a medium-term one in the aftermath. So there's a case that the formal Plan for Seismic Retrofit should embrace both structural engineering and traffic engineering.
Though we have heard very little about it, there is apparently an emergency plan for two-way traffic. This should be dusted off and expanded.
- Yesterday's Truck Crash should Remind us of Flex Lanes, with a discussion of DEIS 126.96.36.199, Two 2-Way Bridges Alternative
- Flex Lanes or Contra-flow Lanes on Existing Bridges could Meet Transportation Need, with a discussion of Findings section 188.8.131.52 on Emergency Response, and temporary two-way function
- Traffic Jam Anger Tempts with Wrong Solution, and a little more on two-way functioning
By not considering this, we reinforce the current tendency for a new giant bridge and highway. The tendency of everything in the SRC process so far has been to enforce a path-dependency on a new bridge. In doing so we have deliberately neglected less costly options.
|Today: Getting closer to an embrace of "fix it first"|
|ODOT setting up the doubt|
Panasonic Solar to Shut Down and Mill Creek Corporate Center
|Panasonic Solar to shut down|
(Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification)
|Sanyo Solar, back in May 2013|
That again, is not on the agenda.
The general business park area is on Council agenda, however. The City still thinks the Mill Creek Corporate Center is the bees knees.
In order to accommodate potential new development within the Mill Creek Corporate Center on sites C, E, and F (Attachment 1), the following projects from the master project list are being recommended for completion in FY 2017-18. According to the IGA, these projects are to be funded with Development District fees.The recent Amazon thing sounds great, but the Sanyo/Panasonic clusure should prompt more skepticism: Why are we subsidizing it when the robots are going to be replacing the humans in not very long at all?
- Sewer abandonment and relocation $121,000 Sites C and F
- New sewer line $ 98,000 Site F, includes relocation of existing sewer
- New sewer main $213,000 Sites E and F
- Total recommended projects $432,000
|Slides in our Strategic Planning process|
The Sanyo/Panasonic closure shows the ephemerality of the businesses we too often choose to subsidize.
Bullets for the rest:
- There's a proposal for a sidewalk nuisance ordinance to cut down on sidewalk camping, sidewalk blocking, and sidewalk panhandling
- A small vacation of old Macleay Road, related to a new apartment complex (previous notes here and here). This is housing potentially useful for the Amazon warehouse, but it's also absolutely car-dependent, linked by Cordon/Kuebler only.
- A legislative wrap report from the City's (and Cherriot's, and Marion County's) lobbying firm. There didn't seem to be any relevant surprises in it on transportation. (But of course it touches on many other topics also.)
- The administrative approval for a conversion to mixed-use on a building at 13th and Chemeketa. Apparently it was built in 1960 as an apartment, was converted to office use, and now the owners propose to revert it partially to housing. It has a great location, right by downtown and Safeway, and this makes all the sense in the world.
- An appeal on driveway management between a hotel and Garten Foundation out on Hawthorne. It illustrates how we get all sideways on parking and temporary car storage. Maybe you will see a way it is relevant more generally, but this seems to be a very local dispute between neighbors.