City delivers key project identified by Salem residents in 2013 Central Salem Mobility Study.
On Wednesday, November 15, the City activated a new traffic signal at the intersection of Union Street NE and Commercial Street NE. The new signal increases safety for bicyclists and pedestrians traveling between the Union Street Railroad Bridge and downtown Salem. The City also improved lighting, added crosswalks, built curb extensions and a median island to further improve safety at the crossing.
Vehicles eastbound on Union Street NE are now directed southbound-only onto Commercial Street NE. Next spring, a blue light indicator for bicycles traveling across the intersection from west to east will be activated.
The completion of this project delivers on a priority Salem residents identified in the 2013 Central Salem Mobility Study. According to project engineer Julie Titchbourne, the signal is the first step in connecting the Union Street Bridge with 12th ST as part of the Family-Friendly Bikeway. The $1.13-million intersection improvement began in June and is jointly funded by the Riverfront-Downtown Urban Renewal Area and the Salem-Keizer Area Transportation Study (SKATS) Metropolitan Planning Organization.
Learn more about the Central Salem Mobility Study and other projects it recommends.