No Third Bridge advocates,
After hearing from those attending the meeting a vote was taken on opposing the 3rd Bridge. The result was a two to one vote in favor of opposing the bridge (28 to 10).The Grant and Highland neighborhoods have also gone on record with opposition. None of the neighborhoods primarily affected - or ostensibly benefiting - from the bridge and highway are in fact in favor of it.
Neighbors heard from NO Third Bridge that Alternative 4D, which has the preliminary approval of the Salem River Crossing Oversight Team, should not be approved by the Salem City Council until there is a plan to pay for it. They also seemed swayed by the argument that expensive bridge planning efforts should cease immediately and attention should be given to improving access to and from the existing bridges instead of building a new bridge at an estimated cost of $687 million.
Next up is a City Council worksession on Wednesday the 28th and a continuation of the Public Hearing on Monday, December 10th.
If you haven't done so, consider emailing Citycouncil@cityofsalem.net to urge Councilors to refocus efforts on better and much less costly ways to improve mobility and manage congestion.
For more on the River Crossing / Third Bridge see a summary critique and all breakfast blog notes tagged River Crossing. The No Third Bridge advocates also have lots of useful information.
|Draft Minutes from Nov 19th Meeting|