City issues report on Salem River Crossing project in advance of January 30 Council Work Session

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Aerial view of Riverfront park and the Willamette River

City Council will hold a work session on the Salem River Crossing project on January 30.

​On January 30, 2019 at 6 p.m., the Salem City Council will hold a work session to discuss the Salem River Crossing project. The meeting will be held in Council Chambers, 555 Liberty Street SE, RM 240. In preparation for this work session, a summary of this decade-long project is available.

The immediate issue before Council is the incomplete Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Salem River Crossing Project. The next step toward completing the FEIS requires City action to address a 2017 remand issued by the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals and City action to concur with the finding of Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) regarding the impacts of the project on Wallace Marine Park. Depending on how Council chooses to proceed, and the subsequent actions of the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and FHWA, it is anticipates that FHWA will either issue a Record of Decision (ROD) that will support constructing a new bridge and related approaches and roadways​—currently the “Preferred Alternative” ​— or issue a ROD stating nothing is to be constructed, the “No Build Alternative.”

The summary report uses a question and answer format to present an overview of the Salem River Crossing project, including:

  • The design of a Preferred Alternative for a new bridge, bridge approaches and other associated roadways.
  • Results of studies that have compared the impacts in the year 2040 of the Preferred Alternative to those of a No Build Alternative (in which no bridge is constructed and no other changes are made  to roadways or intersections) on congestion such as travel times, queue lengths, and traffic volumes; impacts to parks, homes, and businesses; tailpipe emissions, fuel consumption, and greenhouse gas emissions; emergency response times; and more.
  • Projected costs, funding options, and potential project phasing options for the Preferred Alternative.
  • Also included are comparisons between the potential impacts of the two alternatives.

To maximize the time available for Councilors to ask questions and discuss next steps, public comment will not be accepted at the work session on January 30. Written comments are encouraged and there will be an opportunity for public comment when this issue returns to Council for action in February. To submit written comments please email the City Recorder.

The meeting will be live streamed on the City of Salem Facebook page, Capital Community Television YouTube channel, and on cable channel 21.

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