Traffic Safety Improvements Planned Throughout Salem in 2020

Summer 2020 construction season is set to launch. It will include a wide range of projects designed to improve the overall flow of traffic, increase the safety of bicyclists and pedestrians, and improve or protect the condition of our existing road investment.

At the same time, the City is launching new tools so you can track what road improvement projects are planned or under way. The new Construction Season 2020 hub features locations of projects to improve bicycle and pedestrian safety, downtown safety, roadway condition, and other active construction projects. The hub also offers access to Salem's traffic cameras.

A number of major projects are planned for the 2020 construction season. Several are geared toward making crossings safer near schools. They were planned with cooperation from Salem-Keizer School District and Salem-area Neighborhood Associations.

Downtown projects include several to improve traffic flow and several to better protect pedestrians in this busy part of the city.

A major project in West Salem will be reconstruction of the sidewalk and retaining wall on Rosemont Avenue Northwest.

Riverfront Park will also see some significant construction work during Phase 1 of the 20-year Salem Riverfront Park Master Plan.

​Improving safety and accessibility for people biking and walking in Salem remains a top City Council priority. We continue to add and improve bike routes and pathways, sidewalks, crosswalks, and pedestrian crossing islands to make people riding and walking more easily seen.

Many of these projects come from the 2018 Salem Pedestrian Safety Study that looked at crash data, police reports, and field observations across our community. Among the recommendations, the Safer Pedestrian Crossings Program provides Salem residents a way to suggest locations for improvements and track the status of crossing improvements. Requests are ranked based on factors such as crash history, pedestrian volume, and crossing distance. Salem regularly pursues federal and state funding to address missing connections for people walking and biking throughout the City; the Safer Pedestrian Crossings Program helps prioritize how that funding is allocated

The following projects, scheduled for the summer 2020 construction season, were selected in consultation with the Salem Keizer School District and Salem-area Neighborhood Associations.

Locations include:

  • On the Winter-Maple Greenway, Pine Street NE at Maple Avenue NE
  • At Salem Child Development Center and on the Winter-Maple Greenway, Fairgrounds Road NE at Norway Street NE
  • At McKay High School, Sunnyview Road NE at Scotsman Lane NE
  • At Leslie Middle School, Pringle Road SE at Copper Glen Drive SE
  • At Liberty Elementary School, Liberty Road S mid-way between Skyline Road S and Boone Road S
  • At Judson Middle School, on Jones Road SE

Safety crossing improvements are designed to address the conditions specific to each location and may include:

  • Raised pedestrian median islands and additional street lighting where needed to increase visibility of crossing
  • New striping and signage for people biking and walking to reduce vehicle conflict points
  • ADA-compliant curb ramps to meet the needs of all users

Schedule: Begins in June 2020, completed by October 2020.

Total project cost estimate: $1.066 million

  • $508,000 from the 2018-2021 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program
  • $418,000 from the City of Salem through State Highway Revenue.
  • $140,000 from the State of Oregon's Safe Routes to Schools Fund

Impacts during construction:

  • Pedestrians may be routed around the work area.
  • Temporary bike lane closures may redirect cyclists to vehicle travel lanes.
  • Motorists should expect delays due to possible single lane closures during construction.

Questions?

​Improving circulation, access and safety for people biking and walking in Salem remains a top City Council priority. We continue to add and improve curb extensions downtown to shorten pedestrian crossing distance, make some streets with lower traffic volumes two-way, and remove double-turn lanes to provide more clarity to motorists. Many of these projects come from the 2013 Central Salem Mobility Study. The following projects are scheduled for the summer 2020 construction season.

Removal of the right turn from the second inside lane

Liberty at Center Street. As vehicles turn from northbound Liberty Street NE onto Center Street NE, heading east.

  • Leaves three through lanes on northbound Liberty Street NE and one right-turn lane onto Center Street NE for vehicles heading east.

Court at Liberty Street. As vehicles turn from westbound Court Street SE onto Liberty Street NE, heading north.

  • Leaves two through lanes at Court Street NE and one right-turn lane onto Liberty Street NE for vehicles heading north.

Add a curb extension at Ferry and Liberty

  • Curb extension will shorten the pedestrian crossing at Ferry Street SE improving safety and reducing vehicle delay for those traveling north into downtown and west onto Highway 22.
  • This will also allow for a straighter and shorter pedestrian crossing across Liberty Street SE by re-aligning the crosswalk.

Making State Street two-way

  • Improve circulation by extending two-way travel lanes on State Street by two blocks, from Liberty Street to Church Street. The project leaves two of the three lanes on State Street to travel in east bound direction.

Schedule: Begins in June 2020, completed by October 2020.

Construction cost estimate: $525,000 (Riverfront Downtown Urban Renewal)

Impacts during construction:

  • Pedestrians may be routed around the work area.
  • Temporary bike lane closures may redirect cyclists to vehicle travel lanes.
  • Motorists should expect delays due to possible single lane closures during construction.

Questions?

​Improving safety and accessibility for people biking and walking in Salem remains a top City Council priority. We continue to add and improve bike routes and pathways, sidewalks, crosswalks, and pedestrian crossing islands to make people riding and walking more easily seen.

Rosemont Avenue Sidewalk Repair

  • Replace failing retaining wall on the east side of Rosemont Avenue NW between 8th Street NW to Cascade Drive NW. Half of Rosemont Avenue NW will be rebuilt as a result of the retaining wall construction.

Schedule: Begins in June 2020, completed in August 2020.

Total Project Estimate: $1.6 million (2008 Streets and Bridges bond savings)

Impacts during construction:

  • Pedestrians may be routed around the work area, to sidewalk on west side of Rosemont.
  • Temporary bike lane closures may redirect cyclists to vehicle travel lanes.
  • Rosemont, from 8th Street NW to Cascade Drive NW, will be closed during construction. Motorists should expect detours and alternate routes to connect from the Edgewater District and West Salem Park to Glen Creek Road NW during construction. Detour routes will be signed.

Questions?

Troy Thomson, [email protected] or 503-588-6211

​Construction is set to begin this spring and summer on enhancements to Riverfront Park, including a new restroom in the central park area, ground work for a new amphitheater and covered stage, additional parking and a new entry plaza at the park's south end.

The projects are Phase 1 of improvements outlined in the new Salem Riverfront Park Master Plan that describes the addition of new amenities to the 26-acre downtown park residents describe as "Salem's Living Room." The plan guides management and development of the urban park for the next 20 years.

Scope

The project includes an 8-unit restroom between the North Meadow and the existing Rotary Pavilion, as well as ground work for the future Gerry Frank | Rotary Amphitheater and Stage on 3.8 acres of park property acquired from Boise Cascade at the south end of Riverfront Park. Ground work includes:

  • preparing grading the ground for the amphitheater and stage, which Rotary Club of Salem will construct;
  • addition of 55 new parking spaces;
  • the sloped, grassy seating area for the amphitheater;
  • a new entry plaza at the south end of the park.

Schedule:

  • Late May-October: City of Salem construction of the North Meadow Restroom.
  • July-October: City of Salem ground work for the new stage and amphitheater

Estimated Costs:

  • North Meadow Restroom: $846,690
  • Amphitheater Ground Work: $3.8 million

Park Visitor Impact

Overall impacts at Riverfront Park will last about a year, but efforts will be made to limit those impacts whenever possible. For example, visitors can expect most of the south parking lot near the carousel to be open Fridays through Sundays to accommodate any scheduled events and regular weekend activities, but closed Monday through Thursday for construction. The north parking lot will remain open. Construction access to the restroom site will from Water Street NE. Every effort will be made to work around schedule events when possible.

Questions?

State Street old traffic pattern
Proposed two-way State Street traffic revisions

State Street Before and State Street After: Two-way State Street: Extend two-way travel lanes on State Street by two blocks, from Liberty to Church streets. Two of the three lanes will travel eastbound.

Liberty at Center Street. Remove second turn lane for vehicles turning from Liberty Street NE onto Center Street, heading east.

Liberty at Center Street. Remove second turn lane for vehicles turning from Liberty Street NE onto Center Street, heading east.

Court at Liberty Street. Remove second turn lane for vehicles turning from Court Street SE onto Liberty Street, heading north.

Court at Liberty Street. Remove second turn lane for vehicles turning from Court Street SE onto Liberty Street, heading north.

Liberty at Ferry. Curb extension at Ferry and Liberty will shorten pedestrian crossing, improving safety and reducing delay for vehicles traveling north into downtown and west toward Highway 22.

Liberty at Ferry. Curb extension at Ferry and Liberty will shorten pedestrian crossing, improving safety and reducing delay for vehicles traveling north into downtown and west toward Highway 22.

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