|1964 Flood, Evacuating Salem Hospital|
A little buried in it is an proposal for an update of "the City of Salem Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan."
|Downtown bridges over Pringle Creek and Shelton Ditch|
The proposed action item...identifies the need to develop transportation policies that emphasize the importance of planning, constructing, and maintaining multiple travel routes to connect critical facilities to the rest of the community (also referred to as "system redundancy")....The need for this action arose from an audit of the City's bridge program requested by [ODOT and FWHA].The Hospital is located at the confluence of Shelton Ditch and Pringle Creek, and there are numerous small bridges ambulances have to cross to reach Hospital.
Many of these bridges are old.
|New historic bridge guide|
|From State of Salem's Streets report|
And of course the Marion Street Bridge is "structurally deficient," assessed with a worse rating than the Skagit Bridge that collapsed recently.
|Marion St. Bridge = 29.7 rating; Skagit Bridge was 57.4|
The Center St. Bridge (61.8) is only marginally better than the Skagit!
We need instead to turn our attention to preserving and maintaining our existing infrastructure, to figuring out ways to better use existing capacity, and to stop building new capacity and new infrastructure we already can't afford to maintain properly.
The process an update to the Natural Hazards Plan envisions could yield amendments to the Transportation System Plan, and could be an opportunity to cast new eyes on our actual needs.
(It shouldn't be necessary to say this, but it's at least possible that the interest in "system redundancy" is not about our local street grid, but is code for "we need a third bridge," about a supposed deficit in regional redundancy rather than a deficit in local redundancy. But of course if the existing bridges were seismically upgraded, in an emergency, either one or both could handle two-way traffic.)
The City is also moving forward with the amendments to the Transportation System Plan that were shopped at the Neighborhood Associations this fall. Council will likely go with staff recommendation to initiate the amendments and ask for a Public Hearing at the Planning Commission.
|Demo in January at Triangle and Liberty|
Immediately across the street - and this has nothing whatsoever to do with Council! - is the old Post Office. Look at that loading dock!
|The Old Vista Post Office|
Back to Council agenda, there's also the Urban Renewal Agency audit and the City of Salem audit. These ought to be meat for a master of the spreadsheet and finance!
Finally, worksessions Monday are a little interesting, too:
5:30 p.m. – Library Anderson Rooms
Urban Renewal Agency Strategy – North Gateway URA and South Waterfront URA
Immediately Following City Council Meeting
Library Anderson Rooms
Medical Marijuana Dispensaries