Friday, February 18, 2011

Kuebler Road Project Open House Next Wednesday

Kuebler* will be widened this summer and the City's hosting an open house on Wednesday. If you live out south, consider attending.

Buffered bike lanes or cycletracks on Kuebler sure would be nice, but I bet they're not even a possibility. And, anyway, the intersection treatments, with the turning and crossing conflicts, are almost certainly more relevant. Transitioning the bike lanes safely across right-turn lanes, as well as ensuring safe north-south crossing at Sunnyside and especially at Lone Oak, will be key.

From the City's Press Release:
The City of Salem invites residents to attend an open house for the 2011 Kuebler Boulevard SE Widening Project on Wednesday, February 23, 2011, from 6-8 p.m., in the Media Center at Sumpter Elementary School, 525 Rockwood Street SE.

A short informational presentation will be made beginning at 6 p.m. Following the presentation, staff will be available to answer questions and explain how construction activities will occur along the corridor.

The Keep Salem Moving! Streets and Bridges Bond, passed by Salem voters in November 2008, included funds to widen Kuebler Boulevard SE from west of Lone Oak Road SE to Commercial Street SE by adding one additional travel lane in each direction (see attached map). In addition, right-turn lanes on Kuebler Boulevard SE will be added in each direction at the Lone Oak Road SE and Sunnyside Road SE intersections. The project will also provide curbs, sidewalks, and stormwater facilities. The main purpose of this project is to reduce congestion on Kuebler Boulevard SE.
(* When did it become Kuebler Boulevard? That sounds wrong! Erroneously, I see, I call it Keubler Road.)

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