In addition to an update on the neighborhood plan process, they'll also get a presentation from the City Traffic Engineer on some plans for Center Street and the crossing at Marion and 13th Street.
Back in March, you may recall, one of the items discussed was the possibility of crossing help at the tricky intersection of 13th and Marion, just northeast of Safeway.
And it looks like the City is ready to show some preliminary concepts!
|13th at Marion: unmarked crosswalks, one-way + dual turns = difficult!|
People walking to the grocery store, including students from Parrish and North, sometimes face great difficulties and even dangers as they attempt the crossing.
On Friday the City didn't have any concept drawings to share, so if you're interested, the meeting will be the first place to see them!
Also interesting will be information on plans for Center Street. Informally, City staff have suggested some interest in "upgrading" Center Street there to a "modern" three lane cross-section. From 13th out to Lancaster, Center makes a capacity crescendo, growing from two lanes to five (six with a short turn lane).
Between 13th and 25th it has an "old" two-lane cross-section - though the whole street is pretty wide and there are sidewalks and a curb strip with trees. Mostly successfully, it carries about 18,000 cars per day here with just the two lanes:
|Center from 13th to 17th does have sidewalks |
but also super wide auto lanes (dimensions approximate)
At the State Hospital, with the new facility it becomes three lanes (before and after images here):
|Current urban standard with turn pocket, bike lanes, and sidewalks.|
In older neighborhoods widened streets sometimes show
truncated front yards (by streetmix)
So it will be interesting to learn if the section from 13th to 25th is envisioned for widening, and if so what that might look like. Bike and Walk Salem called for a standard bike lane in the 13th - 17th section. (The dimensions in the drawings here are swaggy, illustrative only, and are certainly wrong in detail, please note!)
The meeting is at 6:30 p.m. in the Salem First Church of the Nazarene at 1550 Market Street NE.
Update, Thursday the 19th
|Proposed median extension and crosswalk at 13th and Center|
|Proposed marked crosswalks and flashing beacons at 13th and Marion|