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Salem River Crossing 

Welcome and thank you for seeking additional information about the Salem River Crossing project. This website has been designed to support the City Council process to provide input into the selection of a preferred alternative. For details of the Salem River Crossing project and the Draft Environmental Impact Statement, refer to the project website at or review the Executive Summary of the Draft EIS.

Salem City Council Holds Work Session to Discuss Bridge Type Decision

The Salem City Council held a work session on Monday, November 3, 2014, to review progress on the Salem River Crossing Project and to better understand the bridge type decision made by the Oversight Team in Septembr 2014.  View the presentation slides or watch the work session on CCTV

Salem River Crossing Oversight Team Supports the Salem Alternative, February 2014

On February 6, 2014, the Salem River Crossing Oversight unanimously recommended the Salem Alternative be advanced as the preferred alternative in the Final Environmental Impact Statement.  This decision represents a key milestone in the process to obtain final approval from the Federal Highway Administration. 

Summary of Salem Alternative and Accompanying Policy Statements (February 6, 2014)

Next steps for this project included preparing the Final Environmental Impact Statement, obtaining local land use approvals, and developing a financial strategy.  Updates will be posted on this website and on the project website at

City Council Input to the Oversight Team (June 2013)

On June 24, 2013, the Salem City Council provided the following feedback to the Salem River Crossing Oversight Team regarding selection of a preferred alternative. 

  1. City Council rejected Alternative 4D as the preferred alternative.
  2. City Council endorsed the Salem Alternative.

The components of the Salem Alternative are described in a staff report to City Council. The Salem River Crossing Oversight Team and member jurisdictions will be reviewing this input over the next several months. Information on oversight team meetings will be available on the Salem River Crossing website at

Frequently Asked Questions

New Frequently Asked Questions are now available on the project website at

City staff developed responses to frequently asked questions with a focus on the Salem Alternative (June 2013).

The Mid-Willamette Valley Council of Governments prepared a graphic and accompanying list of improvements that have been made to the existing bridges and roadway approaches over the last 20 years.

Impacts to Pioneer Village
The potential impacts to Pioneer Village reported in certain sections of the Draft EIS were incorrect. A memo providing corrections and clarifications is available. Alternative 4D, which is currently the focus of preferred alternative discussions, would not displace any residential units at Pioneer Village. Alternative 4D would have minor property-only impacts, including ones to the maintenance shed. These are the same impacts that will occur with the construction of the future Marine Drive, with or without a new bridge.

City Council Role in Selecting a Preferred Alternative
This flow chart provides an overview of the City Council's role in selection of a preferred alternative for the Salem River Crossing project.

Salem River Crossing Task Force Feedback
In July and August 2012, the Salem River Crossing Task Force sought to make a recommendation for a preferred alternative to the project Oversight Team. Their recommendation was presented to the Oversight Team on August 23, 2012. Their feedback is summarized in two documents:

1. Task Force Feedback on Alternatives
2. Summary of Project Task Force Alternatives Dismissal

Public Comment Received on Draft Environmental Impact Statement
The Salem River Crossing Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was published on April 20, 2012. This was followed by a 60-day public comment period. During the public comment period, the project team hosted two public hearings, one at West Salem High School and one in downtown Salem at the Chemeketa Center for Business and Industry. A summary of the public hearings and all of the comments collected during the public comment period can be by viewed by clicking on the links below.the link below. During the public comment period, an informal online questionnaire offered people another opportunity to provide input to decision-makers.

Public Hearing Summary
Public Comments Collected
Online Questionnaire Results

City Council Updates and Public Hearing
Council held several work sessions and received updates on the Salem River Crossing project starting in January 2007. Regular updates were also provided to affected neighborhood associations and other interested groups. Following is a list of dates when Council either discussed or received updates on the Salem River Crossing project.

January 8, 2007 (Work Session)
June 25, 2007 (Work Session)
February 25, 2008 ( Work Session)
September 28, 2009 (Work Session on Salem River Crossing Alternate Modes Study)
February 8, 2010 (Work Session)
June 28, 2010 (Amendment to Intergovernmental Agreement)
February 13, 2012 (Information Report)
July 9, 2012 (Work Session)

September 24, 2012 (Information Report)

November 5, 2012 (Public Hearing)

November 28, 2012 (Work Session) - Flip Chart Notes

December 17, 2012 (Work Session)

January 22, 2013 (Work Session)

February 19, 2013 (Field Trip and Work Session)

April 8, 2013 (Consent Agenda Staff Report)

April 22, 2013 (Public Hearing)

May 13, 2013 (Public Hearing)

June 24, 2013 (Deliberations)

The Next Generation of Travel: Literature Scan (Federal Highway Administration, November 2011)
This report summarizes a review of literature on generational travel trends (with a focus on younger populations) and how future generations will interface with emerging technologies in the areas of Information and Communication Technologies, Global Positioning Systems, Intelligent Transportation Systems, electronic payment systems, and fuel-efficient vehicles. The final report on this research by the Federal Highway Administration is expected to be published in May 2013.
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