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SESNA Followup on State Street Corridor

SESNA is pleased with the first steps the Salem City Council took in approving parts of the State Street Corridor Plan.

The Council approved the ‘Hybrid’ road section, which institutes a road diet for the stretch of State Street between 12th St and 17th St.

Council also approved the MU-1 and MU-2 zones, with some modifications. These zones will now be available for use in other parts of the city.

We recognize that there is much yet to do, and have developed a recommendation for next steps.

SESNA’s recommendation covers:

Bicyclist Safety – The approved plan lacks bike lanes for a 7-block stretch of State

Sharrow road marking
Sharrow road marking. Photo: Salem Breakfast on Bikes

Street. SESNA recommends “Sharrow” markings in the right-hand lanes between 17th and 24th Streets. Sharrows don’t change laws, but remind motorists that cyclists have the right to be in the travel lane.

Pedestrian Safety – The signalized pedestrian crossings planned at 19th and 21st Streets are a great improvement, but lack pedestrian islands. We encourage exploring further enhancements for safety.

25th and State Intersection – This intersection is dangerous. We recommend studying how to improve safety for all users, provide a transition from higher- to lower-speed parts of State Street, and create a gateway into the inner State Street corridor area.

Floodplain Management and Open Space – SESNA fully supports the proposal to acquire a vacant floodplain parcel on State Street for park and related purposes, and also recommends the City explore further floodplain acquisitions.

Urban Renewal – SESNA requests that the Council immediately prioritize the State Street corridor for any Urban Renewal Area acreage that becomes available.

Parking Study – SESNA supports City staff’s recommendation for a parking management study at the west end of the State Street corridor.

East-West Traffic Study – SESNA recommends a traffic study addressing all east-west traffic in the City, rather than individual corridor studies.

Read the full letter.