By the end of June 2018, the City of Salem will finish the first phase of the Winter-Maple Neighborhood Greenway project to create a safe and convenient route for biking and walking between the Oregon State Capitol and Salem Parkway. This phase of the project will install stop signs at the following intersections:Earlier in April they had said:
D Street NE at Winter Street NE (all-way stop controlled)
Academy Street NE at Maple Avenue NE
Highland Avenue NE at Maple Avenue NE (all-way stop controlled)
Hickory Street NE at Maple Avenue NE
Spruce Street NE Maple Avenue NE
Tryon Avenue NE at Maple Avenue NE
Johnson Street NE at Maple Avenue NE
The Winter-Maple Neighborhood Greenway Project is the result of a year-long collaborative effort between the City of Salem, Oregon Department of Transportation, the Central Area Neighborhood Development Organization, and the Grant and Highland Neighborhood Associations. The new stop signs are the first step in creating a Neighborhood Greenway that improves safety, encourages a healthy lifestyle, and prioritizes bicycle and pedestrian travel. This phase of the project costs approximately $4,500 and will be paid for from the City’s general transportation maintenance budget as funded by the Oregon state gas tax.
The Winter-Maple Plan was approved with the inclusion of:If you aren't in the neighborhood regularly and on the street, it's not always easy to envision the project. Let's look at the stop sign installation a little more closely. We'll go from south to north, mostly following the list. Some of the "additional stop signs" will become clear.
- additional stop signs (to enhance safety and comfort for people on biking and walking)
- speed humps (as shown in the plan and near the OSD campus to provide self-enforcing speed control)
- a Neighborhood Greenway designation (so as to align with the national leaders in bike boulevards).
|At D Street, Winter only is currently stopped|
|At Academy, there are currently no stop signs|
|Drawing detail from the March 2018 Plan|
showing stops on Academy
(as well as humps, which are not yet funded)
|At Highland, Maple only is currently stopped|
|Spruce and Maple is currently uncontrolled (and near the RR)|
|The drawings show no new stop on Spruce|
But they also show the stops removed on Maple at Highland
The stop at Spruce might be superfluous, perhaps better served by a yield. As we will see, it's not the only T-intersection that originally did not have stops indicated but now is getting them.
|Hickory and Maple is currently uncontrolled|
In front of JGEMS and the Deaf School, Johnson and Tryon will be stopped at the T-intersections. These stops were also not in the drawings of March 2018 and were added.
|Johnson and Maple is a T, and is uncontrolled currently|
|Tryon and Maple is also a T, and is uncontrolled|
|The March 2018 drawings show no stops here|
|Stop signs on Locust are not on the list|
So here's an edited version of the list:
- D Street NE at Winter Street NE (two-way to four-way)
- Academy Street NE at Maple Avenue NE
- Highland Avenue NE at Maple Avenue NE (two-way to four-way, Council changed)
- Hickory Street NE at Maple Avenue NE
- Spruce Street NE Maple Avenue NE (Council added)
- Johnson Street NE at Maple Avenue NE (Council added)
- Tryon Avenue NE at Maple Avenue NE (Council added)
Until the enhanced crossing and median goes in on Pine Street, and until the speed humps go in, these stop signs by themselves may not make a very dramatic difference, then. So we should evaluate them rather tentatively and wait for a more complete build-out for judgement.