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Upcoming event

Joint public hearing for land use actions – October 12, 2016, at 6:00p.m

  • Join us on Wednesday, October 12, 2016, at 6:00p.m., at City of Salem Senior Center (Center 50+), 2615 Portland Rd. NE, Salem, OR 97301 to hear about the number of land use actions being proposed by the City of Salem for the Salem River Crossing Project.
    • These land use actions are necessary in order to demonstrate consistency with statewide planning goals and compatibility with the Salem Area Comprehensive Plan.
    • The land use actions include amending the Salem Transportation System Plan, modifying the Urban Growth Boundary (UGB), and taking an exception to Statewide Planning Goal 15 (Willamette River Greenway).
    • These land use actions are being processed together as Land Use Application Case No. CA16-04. The UGB amendment must also be concurred in by the City of Keizer, Marion County, and Polk County.
    • For more information on the land use action visit the City of Salem website.

You can attend an Oversight Team meeting or send us your comments. Stay up-to-date on the project by joining our mailing list.

Past events

  • Public Funding Workshop – Wednesday, December 3, 2014 
    • Thanks to the more than 110 people that attended the public funding workshop December 3rd to learn about the Salem River Crossing project and provide input. The workshop will result in a feedback report for the Oversight Team’s consideration (the project’s decision making group).
      • Agenda (66KB, PDF) – November 2014
      • Workshop Presentation (2MB, PDF) – December 2014
      • Participant Guide (94KB, PDF) – December 2014:  Basic information on the funding sources to be discussed at the funding workshop
      • Funding Tool Instructions (74KB, PDF) – December 2014: Use with the Funding Tool below. Step-by-step instructions on how to use the tool
      • Funding Tool (143KB, Microsoft Excel- Office 2007 or above) – December 2014: Interactive tool to help think about funding sources for the project
      • Funding Booklet(376KB, PDF) – December 2014: An overview of potential funding sources within the region
      • Funding Workshop Summary (282KB, PDF)- December 2014
  • Public Open House – Wednesday, June 11, 2014
  • Salem City Council Work Session – December 17, 2012
    • The meeting continued the discussion of the Salem River Crossing project.
  • Draft EIS Public Hearing/Open House – May 8 and 17, 2012
    • Nearly 200 people attended these meetings to review the information in the Draft EIS (Open House format) and speak with project team members before and after providing comments. An online questionnaire also collected input through July 1, 2012. The materials from these meetings are available for review.
  • Information Booths – April 2012
    • Project staff were at several locations around Salem over the last week of April to provide information about the project and accept written comments.
  • Open Houses – November 2007
    • Over 270 people attended the November 8 and 14 open houses. The preliminary alternatives were presented and attendees were encouraged to submit comments (see bottom of this page) about which alternatives should be advanced for more study. This information was also collected through an online survey. The materials from these meetings are available for review.
  • Open Houses – June 2007
    • Approximately 150 people attended the open houses on June 26th and 27th. Members of the public had the opportunity to discuss the project and the preliminary concepts, along with additional concepts that they had, with staff members and members of the Task Force. Attendees were encouraged to submit comments on the preliminary river crossing alignments and interchange types, improvements that can be made to the existing bridges, and other ideas to reduce congestion. The materials from these meetings are available for review.
  • Open Houses – December 2006
    • Approximately 130 people attended the open houses on December 6th and 7th. Members of the public had the opportunity to discuss the project, and issues surrounding it, with staff members and members of the Task Force. Attendees were encouraged to submit comments on the project by completing a form asking for input about important issues and for comments on the draft Purpose and Need Statement. They were also encouraged to contribute to an “issues wall” which enabled them to build on comments made by others. Community input from these meetings will help shape the alternatives that will be evaluated in the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Julie Warncke, City of Salem and Dan Fricke, ODOT made brief presentations each evening and were then available for questions and comments. To view the video recording of one of the presentations, which was broadcast live on CCTV, search for the Salem City Council for December 7, 2006, then hit the “Submit” button. The materials from these meetings are available for review.

What we’ve heard

The Salem River Crossing project has collected comments and questions from both the general comment form and from several online surveys. The results of what we have heard are listed below, by the related milestone.

Decision Point 6: Preferred Alternative

In the sixth decision point, the project team is studying the impacts of the alternatives in the draft Environmental Impact Statement (Draft EIS). The Task Force and Oversight Team will use this information to help make a recommendation on a preferred alternative and funding strategy. Comments were collected on the Draft EIS between April 20 and June 18, 2012. Public input was also collected through an online questionnaire from April 20 to July 1, 2012.

Decision Point 5: Alternatives for Draft EIS

The fifth decision point applied the evaluation criteria (established in decision point three) to the alternatives (developed in decision point four), and screened out those that did not meet the minimum requirements or the project Purpose and Need. A small number of alternatives were selected for detailed evaluation in the draft Environmental Impact Statement (Draft EIS).

  • Funding Survey
    • This survey asked the public to use the funding tool to explore the funding options and then provide feedback about these options. Approximately 40 people took the survey, which was open from April 10 through May 18. Read some of the frequently asked questions.
  • Open House Summary
    • Over 270 people attended the open houses on November 8 and 14. Attendees were encouraged to submit comments on the 13 preliminary alternatives the open house. The open house summary lists the comments that were gathered during both open houses.
  • Preliminary Alternatives Survey
    • This survey asked the public to review the 13 preliminary alternatives that were developed by the community Task Force and the project management team. Approximately 100 people took the survey, which was open from November 1 through December 3.

Decision Point 4: Range of Alternatives

The fourth point in the decision process determined the range of alternatives considered. All alternatives or solutions that could potentially solve the identified problem were considered. The aim was to ensure stakeholders were consulted and all of their ideas were put “on the table.

  • Open House Summary
    • Over 150 people attended the open houses on June 26 and 27. Attendees were encouraged to submit comments on the preliminary river crossing alignments and interchange types, improvements that can be made to the existing bridges, and other ideas to reduce congestion, the open house summary lists the comments that were gathered during both open houses.
  • Preliminary Concepts Survey
    • This survey asked the public to review preliminary concepts that were developed by the community Task Force and the project management team. Approximately 36 people took the survey, which was open from June 26 through July 10.
  • Developing Concepts Survey
    • This survey was available online from April 18 through June 26, 2007 and was completed by 57 individuals. The survey asked if improvements were needed on the existing bridges, the local street system, and if new bridges would be necessary.
  • Public Comments Received by Email and Postal Mail
    • Twenty additional comments were submitted during Decision Point 4.

Decision Point 3: Evaluation Framework

The input collected at the December Open Houses and earlier surveys was used in the development of the Evaluation Framework.

  • Help us reach you Survey
    • This survey asked how the project can get information out to the public, how well the website functions, and other information gathering questions. The survey was available online from January 2 through April 17, 2007 and was completed by 39 individuals.
  • Public Comments Received by Email and Postal Mail
    • Twenty additional comments were submitted during Decision Point 3.

Decision Point 2: Purpose and Need

The project team presented a draft Purpose and Need Statement at the December Open Houses. Based on what the project team heard from the public, the Purpose and Need Statement was refined. This statement will be used for the rest of the project when considering what the best alternative for the project will be.

  • Open House Summary
    • Approximately 130 people attended the open houses on December 6th and 7th. Members of the public had the opportunity to discuss the project, and issues surrounding it, with staff members and members of the Task Force. The comments heard by the project team were summarized for the community Task Force.
  • Draft Purpose and Need Statement Survey
    • This survey was completed by 76 individuals online between November 22 and December 20, 2006. The intent of this survey was to gather information about the draft Purpose and Need Statement.
  • Community Values and Issues Survey
    • This survey was completed by 97 individuals online between October 3 and November 1, 2006. This survey helped the project team to get a better idea of the community, their values, and the issues surrounding transportation over the Marion and Center bridges. This information assisted the project team with the creation of the Purpose and Need Statement.
  • Public Comments Received by Email and Postal Mail
    • Nine people submitted comments between the opening of the website and the end of Decision Point 2.

Decision Point 1: Management Structure and Decision Process

No comments were collected during this phase of the project.