|View of Pringle Creek/Boise slab demolition (August 14th)|
We are also exploring potential pathway connections to Riverfront Park and Minto Island Pedestrian Bridge through this area.But they've been saying that for a long time. A path connection has been in the last position after the other elements of the Boise project were redeveloped - the apartments, then the office building, and finally the nursing home, which hasn't broken ground yet - and constructed; it should have been first, really.
The railroad has also been a problem. They have not been keen on even a grade-separated crossing or tunnel under the trestle. This is a concrete example of the way railroads create barriers and make it difficult for cities and their citizens.
|A train, the creek,and the concrete cap in 2014|
|Drone image of same, a few days earlier - via City of Salem|
|So much brick at the Marion Car Park site|
|Holman building, circa 1940s (Salem Library Historic Photos)|
Because the City doesn't have enough funds for all maintenance needs, they have to prioritize, and one of the things they do is a "thin-skin" overlay that is limited to the auto through lanes. Here is a different one on south River Road at the entry to Minto Park. It skips the bike lanes and also skips the center turn pocket.
|Thin skin pavement rehabilitation|
impacts bike lanes on River Road
at entry to Minto Park.
(I know, "asphalt," but I'm not going to fix it!)
- It creates a new seam that can cause an involuntary dismount
- It adds sticky new road debris to the old road debris, and exacerbates the City's low priority for sweeping the bike lanes.
- And sometimes it leaves a very bumpy, degraded, and substandard bike lane surface.
The decision is a defensible one in a world of limited resources. It has not seemed worthwhile to battle this one. Maybe you will disagree. Or perhaps you know of a specific bike lane that is in such poor shape that the City made a bad decision in not paving it. (I can at least theoretically think of a bike lane that has so many potholes or alligatored pavement that it is not just unpleasant but is positively bad and unsafe. In the example here, the bike lane is dirty and a little coarse from the aggregate coming through, but it's not unusable, and does not need to be resurfaced.)