|Josey's at Pine and Broadway|
Originally an early 1960s A&B Drive-in (2012)
|Broadway here at Pine is four travel lanes|
Josey's driveway on right
|The larger corridor project in the 2021 CIP:|
"one through lane in each direction
with center turn lanes and bike lanes"
|Broadway and Pine is part of the SRC east bridgehead area|
Description of Preferred Alternative (January 2019)
From Obery's circular letter (with slightly different photos swapped in here, and italics added):
Some of you may have heard me express concern about the city’s plan to add a right turn lane on the northbound approach of Broadway Street at Pine St as part of the upcoming street reconfiguration project. I still have those concerns as I believe that the volumes, impact to Josey’s parking lot, and degraded pedestrian safety for people who live and work in this area do not justify the small increase in traffic capacity offered by the right turn lane....
[T]he city is proposing to make the northbound approach of Broadway at Pine street look similar to this picture at Edgewater & Rosemount in W. Salem:
|Northbound Edgewater flares at Rosemont|
with two car turn lanes and
an awkward weave/merge for northbound bike travel
That right turn lane at Edgewater & Rosemount likely carries ~300-400 cars in peak hours.
The northbound right turn demand at Broadway & Pine is about 80 cars in the peak hour; not anywhere near making a strong case for that right turn lane. Bigger intersections consistently lead to poorer safety records, especially for pedestrians; and bigger streets consistently rate poor for livability for those who live in the area.
So I don’t believe that a right turn lane needs to be added. I have proposed a design like this (pic from 17th & Market [17th & State is the photo]) which would still operate well under full capacity and preserve the existing footprint of the intersection:
|17th Street southbound at State Street (not Market)|
has a center turn lane with a through lane and bike lane,
and no right-turn only lane.
(17th here is one of the earliest 4/3 conversions in Salem)
On safety, on climate, on livability, the City's plan fails.