But it turns out the project timeline has construction for this summer and there's an informational meeting later this month.
That's pretty great news.
|But do we really need 15 foot travel lanes?|
The City of Salem will add bike lanes to Church Street and High Street in downtown Salem. The project is scheduled for construction during summer 2016.Other than cheering for this incremental improvement to downtown traffic, there is one thing to ask about.
Thursday, March 17, 2016, 4–6 p.m.
Senator Hearing Room
Courthouse Square Transit Mall
555 Court Street NE
Stop by to learn about this upcoming project....
A vehicle travel lane will be replaced with a bicycle lane to create better bicycle connectivity to and through downtown. Parking modifications will be necessary to accommodate the lane adjustments and increased bicycle traffic.
In order to complete this project with as little disruption as possible, much of the work will take place at night. During construction, updates will be provided on this web page.
Do we really need 15-foot travel lanes for cars?
Such wide lanes will encourage zooming, and in addition to making room for bicycling, we should give stronger consideration to 10-foot lanes for traffic calming. (Here's the case for 10-foot lanes.)
So if you go to the meeting, ask about the lane widths!
But otherwise this is a substantial, incremental improvement and worth cheering. There may also be some anxiety about the loss of a car travel lane, so showing public support will be helpful for Public Works and other staff or electeds who may receive static for the project - even though it was thoroughly vetted in the Downtown Mobility Study.
* The CIP clearly says it's budgeted for the 2015-2016 cycle, so just flat out missed it.