Well, we're well on our way with our own "cascading series of bad decisions" about a bridge and there's little or no self-awareness about the irony.
The Marion and Center Street Bridges are not reinforced to withstand a big quake, and the proposed Salem Alternative is at the moment conceptually outlined to withstand only a medium quake.
If you survive, you'll be wanting a kayak!
The "big one" will have effects, all over the city and state, that dwarf the significance of the collapse of the Skagit River Bridge when a driver with a too-tall load hit the structure.
That seems like a pretty significant detail now doesn't it?
Our Urban Growth Boundary and statewide land use laws also suggest the Salem Alternative is a bad idea.
But planners are trying to get around this. In a comment on a Salem Weekly story, City Staff said that
The City had actually requested this letter from the Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) to assist in initiating the required land use approvals for the Salem River Crossing project....City staff were appreciative of the letter from DLCD, which was very helpful and clearly laid out the options for obtaining local land use approvals. Contrary to your headline, the letter neither stated nor implied that the project does not meet state regulations for land use.You say tomahtoh, I say tomaytoh...I guess.
The letter itself describes "the two paths available for the required land use actions related to a transportation facility, one is the UGB expansion with a Goal 15 exception and the other is the Goal Exceptions path."
At least in the opinion of the DLCD, Salem Alternative requires "exceptions" to major parts of our law and policy, and if the project were to move forward with out these "exceptions," it would be illegal and subject to lawsuit.
I think this plainly means the project as proposed "does not meet state regulations for land use." If it did meet those regulations, no exceptions would be necessary!
It is tiresome now to list all the other bad decisions or misleading conclusions behind the project. But there's a lot of them!
(More about the land use exceptions here. More on seismic stuff here and here. Most of the overlooked details are summarized here. And N3B is also drilling into some of the details on the land use.)