If City Councilors want more reasons to vote NO at their meeting tonight on whether to keep the Salem River Crossing (Third Bridge) project alive, here's disturbing information on missing dirt from the area where the west bridgehead would be located.
This morning I received this "dirt on the missing dirt" from a trusted source, who said:
"Your recent Statesman Journal article regarding the addition of a new bridge crossing the Willamette River into West Salem is causing great concern. This is a concern that needs to be brought to your attention immediately.Although we understand the need for an additional route into West Salem, we fail to see how one of your proposed routes—which would severely disrupt an 80 year old locally owned business—would be considered, as it would directly impact an already highly congested area.In addition, this latest proposal would route the bridge traffic through our mining operation, which would directly impact a significant number of construction companies who use our material for road and highway paving, parking lots, curb and gutter, and, ironically, bridge construction.In the immediate Salem area there are a very few gravel mining operations with enough capacity to provide the necessary materials for major construction projects. Should your plan be accepted, builders and construction companies would be forced to source material outside the Salem area, which would impact local businesses and their employees.We encourage you to take great care in your decision making process rather than eliminate acres of opportunity for the local economy."
Yet, the "draft" SRC Construction Impacts "Final" Memo posted by the City of Salem dated June 2016 shows what the "Existing Elevation" was when the excavation had just barely begun. This documents that the cost estimates do not account for the missing ground.
"4.2.1 New Bridge/Gravel Pit Area