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Central Salem Mobility Study 
Aerial photograph of the downtown Salem area. 
Background

The Central Salem Mobility Study (Mobility Study) evaluated a range of multi-modal transportation issues affect downtown Salem, including circulation, access, and safety for people traveling to, through, and within central Salem.  The study was initiated by the Salem City Council and Urban Renewal Agency Board in 2011. Work on the study was completed in 2012 and 2013 as a joint effort of the Public Works and Urban Development Departments working with the Salem office of DKS Associates Inc., a traffic engineering consulting firm.  

Recommendations

Recommendations were prepared based on two tiers of transportation analysis and feedback from the project's Stakeholder Advisory Committee, Technical Advisory Committee, and the public.  Projects were only recommended if they were able to provide adequate traffic flow while improving multi-modal accessiblility.  Recommendations are separated into three phases; short-term, medium-term, and long-term recognizing the limited availability of funding and the benefits of building on the success of early phases. City Council adopted the Central Salem Mobility Study recommendations on August 12, 2013.

Analysis

The analysis done to develop the recommendations was presented to the Stakeholder Advisory Committee and shared with the public over a 10-month period from September 2012 to June 2013.  The following documents provide an overview of how alternatives were identified and analyzed.

  1. Existing Conditions (Presentation to Stakeholder Advisory Committee, September 19, 2012)
  2. Initial Project Concepts (Materials for the first public forum, December 13, 2012)
  3. Refined Project Concepts (Materials for the second public forum, March 6, 2013)
  4. Draft Recommendations (Materials presented at the third public forum, June 12, 2013)
  5. Traffic Operations Simulations. Three simulations were prepared to illustrate future operations with some of the recommended changes to circulation. These simiulations use traffic volumes as projected in 2035 for the afternoon peak hour.

Public Feedback

Project recommendations were developed with input from the public through a two-tiered process. The alternatives were analyzed and refined with input from the project's Stakeholder Advisory Committee, Technical Advisory Committee, the public forums, and various organizations, including the Salem Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Advisory Board, Capitol Planning Commission, neighborhood associations (SESNA, CAN-DO, and NEN), Salem Downtown Partnership Board, Salem Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, and the Latino Business Alliance.

Contact

To learn more about this project, please contact Julie Warncke, Transportation Planning Manager, at 503-588-6211 or jwarncke@cityofsalem.net.

Additional Information
Prior Related Plans and Studies

Downtown Strategic Action Plan
Sustainable Cities Initiative
Salem Transportation Plan

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