This past week the Bike and Walk Salem project held four open houses to present the draft proposals for biking, walking, and safe routes to schools.
The one at the West Salem Library was crowded at times, and folks attending included West Salem City Councilor Dan Clem (here talking to Bob Cortright in yellow).
The map for West Salem naturally was of interest to many people, and conversation focused on not merely what was desirable, but also on what was feasible in the near-term.
Creating an effective crossing on Wallace is something of a keystone. Glen Creek, the railroad right-of-way, and Edgewater all are important and logical crossing points. All are problematic.
One potential crossing that may not have received enough attention is Taggart.
Taggart has a light, and at least on a map, offers open space and much easier connections than an over- or undercrossing at the railroad. Purchasing easements or right-of-way would likely be much cheaper as well.
Since Wallace is a State highway and the intersection with Glen Creek is going to be dramatically widened in the next couple of years, a pragmatic near(er)-term solution might be to focus on Taggart and connections immediately on the east and west of Wallace along Taggart.
Do West Salem readers have additional thoughts?