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June 17, 2013

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Here's some information about retrofitting the existing bridges to withstand an earthquake, along with other items demonstrating that the No Third Bridge folks have strong arguments.

This came from Mark Witt, who is experienced in such matters:
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What I have learned so far:

1. It is possible to retrofit the existing bridges to withstand a major earthquake.

2. The cost of a retrofit would be 25-40% of the cost of a new bridge of similar length, or about 10% of the cost of Alt 4D.

3. A new bridge is not needed for emergency vehicles, we have the
Union St Bridge for that.

4. The congestion reduction designs proposed in the bridgehead study have not been implemented and they could reduce congestion at the bridge heads for much less cost than a new bridge.

5. The 'preferred' alternative (4D) would reduce congestion at some intersections but would make congestion much worse at others especially for the intersections between Salem and Keizer.

6. Alt 4D would devastate the Edgewater and Pine/Broadway neighborhoods.

7. The cost of Alt 4D would reduce the city's ability to pay for other important projects.

Make that Mark Wigg. Mark worked for ODOT for 20 years as a senior project manager. He was involved in many of the major ODOT construction projects in recent decades. He really knows his stuff and is adamantly opposed to the 3rd bridge.

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