There's a good bit of work already completed on the safety median at the angled intersection of Hood, Fairgrounds Road, and Church Street.
|New median at intersection of Hood/Fairgrounds/Church|
The biking environment may not be upgraded however.
|Detail of pedestrian refuge with offset walks|
Some people will also want to bike on Fairgrounds Road, and I wonder how the narrowing will work. It may be that as with the medians adjacent to the railroad crossings, it will be desireable to put in sharrows to clue in people driving cars that single-file movement may be necessary.
Updated insert: Bike lanes, not sharrows.
|Bike lanes run the length of the median, but don't connect past it|
|A history of this prompted the median|
14th Street at Shelton Ditch
On Friday the City sent out a release about a street closure on 14th street in the vicinity of the Mission Street overpass:
Beginning Thursday, July 31, 2014, 14th Street SE will be closed to all traffic between Oak Street SE and Tripp Street SE. This closure is scheduled to continue until August 29, 2014, to allow for repairs to the 14th Street Bridge over Shelton Ditch.14th Street is the best way to cross Mission Street east of Winter Street, and it might be the best way period.
The 14th Street Bridge at Shelton Ditch is an existing 3-span cantilever concrete bridge constructed in 1964. During the winter of 2012, this bridge experienced significant scour damages due to creek flooding. The project is being performed to provide permanent scour protection improvements on both sides of the bridge.
|Very few green, low-traffic ways to cross Mission|
14th street undercrossing one of the best, if not the best
Unfortunately, I can't think of alternatives here. It's not like there's an easy detour the City should have signed and made public.
But the City might give more thought to ways closures like this affect the walking and biking public differently from the motoring public, and give some additional attention to the other, more difficult crossings for people on foot and on bike.
Hoopla at the Capitol
|One of the half courts during set-up last year|
Beginning Tuesday, July 29, at 6 p.m. through Sunday, August 3, at 8 p.m., the following streets in the State Capitol area will be closed for the Hoopla Basketball Tournament:It's also an example of a much larger street closure to have in your back pocket if you ever need to cite it for sceptics of Salem Sunday Streets! If they can close Court Street for nearly a week for basketball, for walking and biking we can surely close streets on a Sunday.
Additional streets will be closed beginning Friday, August 1, through Sunday, August 3:
- Court Street NE between 12th Street NE and Cottage Street NE
- Waverly Street NE between Court Street NE and State Street
- Winter Street NE between Court Street NE and Chemeketa Street NE
All streets are expected to be reopened by Sunday, August 3, 2014, at 8 p.m. Drivers should avoid these areas or anticipate delays due to congestion.
- State Street between Winter Street and 12th Street beginning at 2 p.m.
- Cottage Street NE between Court Street and State Street beginning at 6 p.m.