Project background

The need for a third bridge across the Willamette River in the Salem area has been discussed for many years. A new bridge could address congestion on and near the existing bridges, improve traffic circulation, support local and regional economic development, and provide an alternate river crossing in the event the existing bridges are closed due to an emergency or other incident.

Past and Current Studies

Past studies of the problem include the General Corridor Evaluation and the Bridgehead Engineering Study, both prepared by the Mid Willamette Valley Council of Governments. The current Salem River Crossing project began with an updated analysis of existing and future traffic conditions, and has continued with alternatives development and analysis. The time frame for this project can be viewed on the Schedule page.