Or you could spend it on the Salem River Crossing.
|Council Goals on Transportation (January 2014)|
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The clip here is on "Transportation Connectivity," and there are four goals. Two of them have to do with the Third Bridge. In addition to being a bad idea, the Salem River Crossing is a huge drain on staff time and it has cost $7 million and counting. Killing it would help a lot towards redirecting City Staff towards more productive pursuits - like an 8 to 80 city. That's 175 pedestrian medians!
The third goal is close to being crossed off - or at least being incremented forward. The near-term goal for improving connections to the Union Street RR Bridge on the downtown side is in motion, and it looks like the Downtown Advisory Board will be moving up the schedule, even, with the addition of Urban Renewal Funds.
So rather than just simply updating this blurb to reflect that funding decision, Council should pick off the next item (preferably more than one!) in the Downtown Mobility Study and direct Staff to work on it. (There's also the Wallace Road connection to the bridge, which remains a formidable barrier, as well as the recommendations in Bike and Walk Salem.)
If we were looking for ways to build on Gil Penalosa's visit, asking Council to ditch the Salem River Crossing and to accelerate implementation of the Downtown Mobility Study could be an excellent ask for the March 10th session!
(Or maybe you can think of an even better ask? That was the first one that came to my mind.)
Update, March 4th
Here's the full presentation!