|This is a basin, too: A local street connection along Second Street|
going under Wallace Road, from west side looking east
via City of Salem FB
Last week at the West Salem Redevelopment Advisory Board, the group overseeing the West Salem urban renewal area got an update, and there was less to like about it.
|The latest plan map (Dec 2015 in February packet)|
Design Details1) Doesn't Wallace Road already have standard car travel lanes? This looks like unnecessary widening.
- Bridge will be a standard cast-in-place or precast structure
- Street will be widened approximately 9 feet to accommodate standard travel lanes  and sidewalks
- Street profile will be improved to provide adequate sight distance
- Access onto Westbound 2nd Street will be eliminated 
- Estimated traffic volume is between 2500 and 3500 vehicles per day 
- Grade separated undercrossing of Wallace Road is approximately 1000 feet long
- The undercrossing structure will have walls as high as 21 feet and a 3 foot thick base slab with pile foundations to support the structure and resist floating
- The undercrossing will have a 16-foot vertical clearance for vehicles and 10-foot vertical clearance for pedestrians and bicycles
- The street will include 2 travel lanes, bike lanes, 5-foot wide sidewalk along the north side of 2nd Street, and a 10-foot wide multi-use path along the south side of 2nd Street (sidewalks will be slightly wider through the undercrossing) 
- A storm water pump station will be required at the undercrossing (not sized for a 100-year storm event) 
- Alignments will match existing ground elevations east of the undercrossing to minimize impacts to private property and Wallace Marine Park
- The intersection with Musgrave Avenue will be pedestrian and bicycle friendly
- A full intersection will be provided at Glen Creek Road
- A safe connection will be provided from 2nd Street to the Union Street Bridge and Wallace Marine Park Trail system; however, the historic Union Street Bridge will need to be modified [6 and !!!]
- A safe pedestrian and bicycle connection will be provided from the Union Street Bridge to West Salem along the 2nd Street undercrossing
- Pedestrian and bicycle traffic on the Union Street Bridge is currently 1400 pedestrians and 500 bicycles 
- Base Option is between $28 and $30 million
- Option with the Salem River Crossing is between $30 and $32 million
- Additional cost for the Wallace Road right turn is between $4 and $6 million
2) I still struggle with the way that the approvals and conditions for the new Goodwill allowed for this westbound access and further street improvements that will just get ripped out in the demolition for this if it is built - talk about wasted work and cost.
3) $30 million seems like a lot for 3000 car trips a day; that's equivalent to three whole Wallace & Glen Creek intersection widenings, which was about $10 million and handles a lot more car trips!
4) Bike lanes and an MUP? If we weren't set on so much auto traffic, we could handle it with sharrows and an MUP.
5) It's important to remember always that the depression will flood (the Historic Landmarks Commission just tweeted out an image from the 1943 flood that shows this clearly).
6) "The historic Union Street Bridge will need to be modified"??? That's a WTF, for sure.
7) Based on manual counts, 500 people on bike is probably an early-season undercount. And of course once the connections across Wallace Road are comfortable for a wide range of people biking, the counts will increase significantly - as of course the Union Street bikeway and key crossing at Commercial is in progress.
The outline from the WSRAB meeting may not be enough for firm conclusions, but the drift seems clear enough: MOAR CARS and more cost. That's not a winning combination.
|In December 2015, the cost estimate was just under $9 million|
(West Salem Business District Action Plan)
It'll be interesting to learn more about what's next. For the moment this is disappointing news.