Applications for the $5 million
Earlier this month the Technical Advisory Committee began scoring the project applications, and some of the drawing details are a little interesting.
The County doesn't seem to be all that interested in making Center Street between Lancaster and 45th very inviting for non-auto travel.
The designs they are showing intend a future with five lanes of car traffic, too-wide travel lanes that encourage speeding, and an odd multi-use path instead of fully realized sidewalks and bike lanes on the north side. The project is very clearly about cars-first.
|The County's Center St. Project needs more thought|
|Shouldn't we be talking protected bike lanes here?|
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The final recommendations look to be announced in January with a formal Public Hearing and decision in February.
Separately, there is a new project, as an amendment to the formal 2018-2021 cycle for funding, that is a little interesting. The right-in, right-out turn into the Keizer Station Transit Center is problematic, and Cherriots wants to make left-turns possible with a center turn pocket. This involves a whole lotta widening!
|New Lanes at the Keizer Station Transit Center|
The scope of the new project is to construct a new signal on Keizer Station Blvd. at the Keizer Transit Center access road to allow buses to turn left into, and out of, the facility and add a second left-turn pocket and related signal adjustments at the intersection of Chemawa Rd., Lockhaven Dr., and Keizer Station Blvd. so that the left-turn queues will not block the access to the transit center. This project will allow SAMTD to eliminate 4-5 minutes of out of direction travel caused by the current right-in-right-out only access to the Keizer Transit Center. The estimated cost of the new project is $2.8 million, which will be funded using the remaining funds from the original FTA grant, with match provided by SAMTD and city of Keizer.
|There will also be a new turn lane onto Chemawa|
On the update to the formal three-year Work Plan, there's an item for a Regional Safety Plan.
their Vision Zero approach and Salem's recent approach to walking deaths - well, let's just say there's lots of upside here in Salem, lots of room for improvement!
It would be great to see the MPO more assertively embrace Vision Zero concepts.
At the same time, retrograde forces at the MPO are strong, and perhaps this remains unlikely. At the last meeting, members of Salem's 350.org chapter spoke in favor of assessing Greenhouse Gas emissions, and in direct response one of the Policy Committee members
expressed disapproval and wished to go on record to oppose greenhouse gas performance measures...Since the MPO and its Policy Committee are bound by an agreement that decisions must be unanimous, just one recalcitrant member can really slow up and even halt valuable projects or ideas. The "consensus" approach functions powerfully to maintain the status quo, and hampers the MPO from responding more agilely to changing conditions and to the exigencies of the future. It is set up to maintain autoism and to be backwards-looking.
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SKATS Policy Committee meets Tuesday the 28th, at noon. SKATS is at 100 High St. SE, Suite 200, above Andaluz Kitchen and Table Five 08.