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.
- 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.