The Downtown Partnership has a strong early-stage draft proposal on the table for changing some of the downtown streets, and the Central Salem Mobility Study's advisory committee meets for the first time on Wednesday morning.
The Partnership leads with a vision, and the Study offers a technical, political, and planning process. The two pieces are complimentary, not competitive, and strong plans can emerge from the twin conversations.
The ingredients for real change are right there! We just have to get over the hump of inertia and fear.
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- Improve pedestrian and bike access to the Union Street Railroad Bridge.
- Convert selected streets to two-way operation (High, Court, Church, State, and/or Cottage Streets).
- Improve street circulation and access for large blocks in north downtown. (Union Street to Market Street).
- Develop projects to support Family Friendly Bikeways (Union and/or Chemeketa Streets).
- Develop pedestrian safety and circulation improvements at closed crosswalks or double turn lanes.