That meeting starts at 7pm, but is preceded by a 6pm Open House on the "Potential Public Safety Facility and Civic Center Seismic Need."
|From higher up - Proposed City Hall and Police Station|
The conclusion here is that the intersection project will make it more difficult to walk, bike, and even drive from West Salem neighborhoods to Roth's, the Library, the Post Office, and to Wallace Park. If we want to reduce traffic congestion by making it easier not to drive, it's the wrong project, in the wrong place, at the wrong time.
And if we wanted to grab some savings, killing this urban highway project would be a great start! (Not to mention that a seismically stable City Hall, Library, and Police Station will be a heck of a lot more useful than an enormous intersection when the earthquake hits.)
The Open House and Neighborhood Association meeting is at Roth’s West, Mezzanine level, at 1130 Wallace Rd NW on Monday, January 6th.
For more on the project see here and here. (About the Police Station, well, plenty has been said lately!)
Update, Monday the 6th
Some interesting bits from the paper:
|In the Monday paper: That's a whole lotta congestion!|
We have tons of excess capacity, actually
An informational meeting is scheduled from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Jan. 14 at the West Salem Library, 395 Glen Creek Road NW, behind Roth’s Fresh Market. Salem Public Works Department staff members will be on hand to answer questions.Greenwash and Spin!
These are not improvements for people on foot and on bike...interesting that the path connection is sortof being folded into the larger project:
Among other things, the $10.4 million project will add dedicated left-turn lanes from Wallace Road, dedicated right- and left-turn lanes from Glen Creek Road, and other improvements for vehicles, pedestrians and bicyclists. A separate project will improve pedestrian and bicycle access from Wallace Marine Park to Glen Creek Road.With actual bids, cost revised downward from $15M+?
$10.4 million; $7 million from bonds that Salem voters approved in 2008 for street and bridge work, and $3.4 million from federal grants through the Oregon Department of Transportation. The project is managed jointly by the Salem Public Works Department and ODOT; Wallace Road NW is a state highway.