The City of Salem has been working with the Oregon Department of Transportation for the past several years...for a new bridge.... [The City and ODOT] are now seeking input on how to fund the Preferred Alternative, which is estimated to cost $430 million....Information on potential funding strategies will be discussed at a public workshop scheduled for 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, December 3, at the Willamette Heritage Center Dye House.It'll be painless, really, you won't feel a thing...
Already we've sunk almost $7 million into the stacks of paper and meetings.
|$60,000 per month since 2006 - via N3B|
In round numbers that's a pedestrian median and enhanced crosswalk once a month, every month.
|We could have installed about 100 more of these -|
That's one a month over the life of the project
|Proposed bike park is around a $75,000 investment|
and we could have 80 or more around the city
(Of course this is theoretical; the monies come from different sources and budgets and can't just be shifted from Bridge Planning to Median or Park Building, but what this does tell us is something about choices and priorities in policy.)
Over at N3B folks are organizing for the workshop. A critique of the funding choices - indeed a community-wide agreement that, in the face of other, far more urgent needs, like the seismic reinforcement of our existing bridges, city hall, and other key infrastructure and institutions, we can't afford a giant new highway and bridge - might be the best way to pull the plug finally on this folly.
If we're gonna raise new taxes, let it be for things we need, not shiny new things we want. (And of course many of us don't want it at all, but proponents of the Third Bridge should recognize that it's a want, not a need.) And let's be clear about what we won't be able to afford if we make this choice to tax ourselves for this concrete frill.
Because, of course, we're talking a lot more than $7 million!
It's almost $50 million a year for 20 years! That's a cool billion.
|From the Funding Booklet|
That's one bare-bones seismic retrofit of both the Center and Marion Street bridges a year. Or about a full, enhanced retrofit of one bridge every other year.
There's a lot of different ways to think of the amount.
|$2.00 toll, $1/$1000 property tax, and $0.10 gas tax = not enough|
from an N3B pass at the funding calculator
Heck, if we'd just toll the bridges, all our congestion woes would be solved and we'd have revenue for the seismic retrofit.
|Tolls by themselves would solve our congestion problems|
without building a new bridge and highway
Funding workshop presentation
|Funding Presentation: "Assume a bridge will be built"|
(An RSVP is not necessary, by the way!)
For more on reasons the third bridge is a bad idea, see here. All notes on the third bridge are here.