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June 08, 2017


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The facebook page is hilarious. (In a very tea-party voice): "Salem Bridge Solutions is just a bunch of selfish welfare queens who want all of the rest of the hard working citizens of our city to shell out millions and millions of our hard earned tax dollars to make their lives easier and pay for the mistakes they made"

I'm new to salem, but honestly I can't figure out why you're so opposed to adding a bridge. Yes the cost is high, but EVERY TIME I want to go to points west of Salem, I am stuck on that G-D bridge. it's nightmarish to merge and a pain in the butt to sit and sit and sit. I see that adding lanes to both bridges could be a solution, but we definitely need SOME solution. Tolls are only one way to pay for bridges - what about actually paying for parking in downtown? That would generate a lot of income, I'd imagine.

I have lived in West Salem right at the added lane on Glen Creek since 1975. The Idea that while home building in the hundreds and new apartments are on the agenda Wallace Road is grid locked every day during peak hours. I nearly get run over trying to get in and out of my driveway. I am retired so I can choose the time I wish to drive out for the most part, but this I know. Every person who gets a new drivers license will have a car - every family will have 2 or more cars. Unless the prospect of flying cars is in the 20 year plan - WE NEED ANOTHER BRIDGE. i DON'T KNOW THE DETAILS OF IT but it has been studied spending thousands of dollars already. Why aren't we smart enough to figure out a solution. And while we are at it why not finish the re-surfacing project on the Center Street Bridge. Count me as a selfish welfare queen. Give us a solution.

Talk about fact-free propaganda, Your rant brings nothing of value to the table. In the first place, a span does not necessarily equal a bridge. A bridge supposes enabling people/traffic to go back and forth across the obstacle. So, in fact there is only one vehicular bridge encompassing two spans. Now, if Salem and ODOT decided to change vehicle flow on Center and Marion streets to accommodate 2-way traffic (this would also require changes to at least Commercial, Liberty, and High streets) as well as the approaches on Hwy 22 and Wallace Rd. on the west side (not likely "relatively low-cost" regardless of what anyone says), one could more honestly say there are two vehicular bridges. In the second place, adding a lane to each span will actually do little to alleviate traffic issues since neither the surface streets on both sides of the river nor Hwy 22 between Wallace Rd and Rosewood (not Rosemont) by Capital Manor can be modified to accommodate the additional lanes without dramatic destruction of property, especially downtown. Even then such changes are not worth the cost. While the bottom line amount might be less than that of an additional bridge, there is no way that the return on investment (ROI) comes close to the value of the new bridge crossing the river from the Parkway.

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