|Wayfinding Pole and Blade for Edgewater District
support goals and policies that will result in the evolution of the Area into a mixed-use, pedestrian-oriented district with a "Main Street" feel and a wide range of neighborhood amenities.The jocose wayfinding system first seen in downtown is making its way onto Edgewater is an example of the kind of thing the Action Plan envisions. Incremental and piece-meal, if it fails the failure is not catastrophic.
|None of the Edgewater Action Plan's Vision and Main Street Concept
is compatible with the devastation wrought
by the ramps and viaducts of a 3rd Bridge
At one time, even during flooding, Edgewater was full of activity on both sides of the street.
|Flooding on Edgewater in 1948: Salem Library
|The south side of Edgewater becomes just asphalt
|Crooked House and other businesses on this side of Edgewater?
Demolished for the viaducts and ramps!
|All the buildings between West Side Station and old City Hall: Gone
Third Bridge Elsewhere
|Is McLane Island Affected?
They're also first out with the 2012 traffic counts on the bridge! 84,064 average daily traffic. That's flat, still below 2002 levels.
They also highlight the City's new "work session" site, which even has the hand-written flip charts reproduced.
All of the inadequacies in the City and Project analysis have suggested to some that another line of attack is to ask for a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement. Writing to City and Project managers, Mark Wigg suggested a supplement is necessary because
the DEIS has significant deficiencies including the use of outdated traffic models and populations estimates; not addressing a major Section 4(f) resource, i.e. the OPRD-owned island in the Willamette; conflicting information between technical reports and the EIS; inaccurate costs of alternatives; and the need to map the changes to floodplains caused by the bridge alternatives that could bring hundreds of properties within the 100 year flood zone. Other deficiencies are also present but these are significant enough on their own to warrant issuing an SDEIS.The next Council Work Session will be on Tuesday, February 19, 2013, 5:30 p.m., location TBD.
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.