The High Street Bypass
One thing that has been of a long but slow interest is the way we treat High Street just south of downtown.
|High Street Bypass says it's for "local traffic only"|
Local traffic only - Through traffic use Commercial Street.
If they do register it, it is routinely ignored. In the afternoon, High Street sees a steady stream of drivers using it as a bypass out of downtown. They turn at Rural or Hoyt, using the light there as a way to get back onto Commercial going south.
The problem of through-traffic is acute enough that on the crest of Fry Hill, where the sightlines are reduced, both crosswalks are closed and auto traffic given full priority. Kids, too, sometimes drive too fast there in order to hop the crest and catch some air.
|Sidewalks closed on High and Oak by Library|
One of the things that came out of Bike and Walk Salem is that people on bike prefer a Church Street alignment for north-south travel. So this is not an urgent problem. But if we took literally the "local traffic only" for High Street, we could install one or more traffic diverters or other traffic calming in between Mission and Rural, as well as open the crosswalks on High and Oak, and really make High Street a pleasant byway and adjunct to the park for walking and biking
Why isn't non-auto traffic prioritized here?
Bark Mulch Setbacks
|Bark landscaping and doorless faces make this a Potemkin Village!|
I think this is in the County, not City, Off Munkers
|After: New Panera on middle Commercial|
|Waterplace and Orupa|
|Clinic under construction, 2012, at Patterson and Edgewater|
|Anchoring the corner? Windows, but no front door to sidewalk.|
The door instead faces the back parking lot!
|Building elevation from northeast corner looking southwest|
via CB|Two (click to enlarge, and see here for more)