This summer, the City of Salem will make it safer for people walking and biking between the Union Street Bridge and downtown Salem by adding a new traffic signal at the busy intersection of Union Street NE and Commercial Street NE. The project was identified as a priority by community members in the Central Mobility Study and was adopted by the Salem City Council in 2013. According to project manager Julie Titchbourne, the signal "...is the first step in connecting the Union Street Bridge with 12th Street NE as part of the Family-Friendly Bikeway."
The $1.13 million intersection improvement starts this June and is jointly funded by Riverfront-Downtown Urban Renewal Area and the Salem-Keizer Area Study Metropolitan Planning Organization. The new signal will direct eastbound traffic south on Commercial Street NE, making it safer for bicycle and pedestrian traffic traveling east and west. The project will also extend curbs and add a median island to shorten the crossing distance at the intersection. The signal will be operational by the end of October.
"This new signal project does more than just fulfill a key recommendation of the 2013 Central Mobility Study," says Mayor Chuck Bennett "We are making it safer for people to bike and walk in Salem."
To learn more about the project and the 2013 Central Mobility Study, visit www.cityofsalem.net.