In November 2008, Salem voters approved a “Keep Salem Moving” $100 million/ 40+ project bond to pay for street and bridge projects that relieve congestion, improve safety, and rebuild or maintain pavement and bridges in Salem.
As of November 2017, more than 60 projects have been completed. About 90 percent of the total project value was awarded to local contractors during the economic recovery, following the 2008 recession.
While most of these projects were completed entirely with Bond funds, 11 projects also received $13 million of state and federal funds to expand the amount of work completed in the community. Thanks to sound financial and project management, the City was able to use savings and leverage other funds to address additional transportation needs, including neighborhood sidewalk reconstruction. As the bond-funded projects come to a close, only one of the original projects remains to be constructed. A little over $2 million remains in the bond budget to be allocated by a Council subcommittee to future transportation projects.
Completed 2008 Streets and Bridges Bond projects include:
Realignment of Madrona Avenue SE and 25th Street SE, completed in partnership with
Widening Kuebler Boulevard SE, from Commercial Street to I-5, completed in partnership with
Widening of the intersection at Commercial Street SE at Kuebler Boulevard SE.
Railroad Crossing Safety Improvements Phase II, Woodrow St NE and Silverton Road NE. This project will also allow the existing Railroad Quiet Zone to extend from Market St NE through to the Silverton Rd Crossing.