On Wednesday, April 11, 2018, utility relocation work began on southbound 12th Street SE from Hoyt Street SE to Fairview Avenue SE as part of the 12th Street SE Southbound Widening Project. This is the first phase of a project that will widen the current roadway to accommodate a southbound right turn lane to Fairview Drive SE. Franchise utility relocation work will continue through May 2018, and will require traffic shifting and lane closures on 12th Street SE. Pedestrians and motorists are asked to use caution and plan for some delays.
Additional improvements include replacing an existing culvert under 12th Street SE at Clark Creek, storm drain modifications, sidewalk improvements, and traffic signal modifications on the northwest corner of the intersection of Fairview Avenue and 12th Street. The additional improvements are anticipated to be completed by December, 2018.
This project was identified in the City Capital Improvement Plan, and is designed to help relieve southbound traffic congestion, provide sidewalk and bike lane improvements, increase street illumination, and enhance fish passage on Clark Creek. The project is funded through a combination of Federal Surface Transportation Program funds, City of Salem Transportation and Stormwater System Development Charges, and Stormwater Utility Charges.