Downtown Salem Streetscape Design

A two-story gray building on a corner in Downtown Salem with cars parked in front.

Downtown Salem

​The Salem Downtown Streetscape project includes an update to the look and feel of our downtown, including the replacement of concrete sidewalks, regrading of curbs and parking areas to accommodate drainage, installation of pedestrian level lighting, installation of larger tree wells to promote tree health with additional plantings at the base of trees, and landscaping enhancements of alley entrances for improved visibility.

Downtown Streetscape Plan5/7/20198742 KB
Downtown Salem Streetscape Open House November 14, 201811/14/2018765 KB
Downtown Salem Streetscape Open House #34/18/20181002 KB
Downtown Salem Streetscape Online Feedback Summary Feb-Mar 20183/19/2018813 KB
Downtown Salem Streetscape Open House #21/25/2018652 KB
Downtown Salem Streetscape Online Open House Summary - December 201712/27/20172653 KB
Downtown Salem Streetscape Plan Kickoff Open House Summary12/25/20175599 KB
Downtown Salem Streetscape Flyer12/1/20172180 KB
Downtown Salem Streetscape Comment Card11/30/2017960 KB

​Streetscape improvements were identified as one of the top urban renewal funding priorities within the Riverfront-Downtown Urban Renewal Area during a series of 12 focus group meetings in 2016. A community work group worked with the Urban Development, Public Works, and Community Development Departments to develop a scope of work for consulting efforts.

The Downtown Streetscape Plan was unanimously approved by the Urban Renewal Agency on April 22, 2019.

A month-long pilot project was installed May 4 through June 3, 2020 and residents provided project feedback via an online survey.

Future downtown streetscape projects include permanent mid-block landscape areas to visually narrow the roadway, to calm traffic and provide green landscape buffers between sidewalk users and traffic

Contact us

Sheri WahrgrenDowntown Revitalization Manager
Mailing address:
350 Commercial St NE
Salem OR 97301
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