Here's the "evaluation" of the impact of the new bridges on walking and bicycling:Here are some pictures of the connectivity and creative placemaking that ramps typically entail. Lots of garbage, chain link fencing, and concrete walls!
There would be no changes to the pedestrian and bicycle facilities on the existing bridges. The proposed bridge would include, in each direction, a 10‐foot‐wide raised sidewalk facility (separated from the paved way by a barrier) and a 10‐foot‐wide bike lane/shoulder adjacent to the far right travel lane. This would have a beneficial effect because it would increase the facilities for bicycles and pedestrians.
There is no mention of the re-routing of pedestrians and bicyclists necessitated by the freeway-style ramps, particularly on the east side. One has to wonder whether the people who write this crap ever get out of their motor vehicles.
Mission Street Between 12th and 17th
Center and Marion St Bridges - Downtown
Center and Marion St Bridges - Wallace Park
As I am out-and-about I will add to this post, or perhaps even replace images, in hopes of creating a library of Salem's existing ramp spandrels. If you have a good image of Salem ramp spaghetti, ramp blight, or ramp barriers - send it on! Let's document the "beneficial effect" of "increased facilities for bicycles and pedestrians."
For more on the River Crossing see a summary critique and all breakfast blog notes tagged River Crossing.