Salem River Crossing Task Force


The City of Salem and Oregon Department of Transportation have been working towards a solution to reduce congestion related to the two bridges that cross the Willamette River connecting downtown and West Salem.

For details of the Salem River Crossing project and the Draft Environmental Impact Statement, refer to the project website at

Not all archives are yet available in our new system. For past City Council land use actions, frequently asked questions, updates, and public hearing information, please visit o​u​​r old website.

City Council work session

​On August 8, 2016, the Salem City Council initiated land use actions associated with the Salem River Crossing Preferred Alternative.  Council also held a work session on this topic on August 1, 2016. The work session​ can be viewed on CCTV. Case file records and testimony related to the proposed land use actions are also available.​​

City Council work session

​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​.


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. 

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

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​.

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