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Old Macleay Road SE To Be Closed Permanently in Preparation for Gaffin Road SE Extension (Photo) - 01/19/18

On Monday, January 22, Old Macleay Road SE will be permanently closed between Macleay Road SE and Cordon Road SE. Eastbound traffic can access Cordon Road SE via Macleay Road SE. Westbound traffic can continue to use the recently improved intersection at Cordon Road SE.

The closure will ensure safe access to and from Cordon Road at the improved Cordon/Macleay Road intersection and allows construction crews to complete a new extension of Gaffin Road SE. The new extension is expected to open later this spring.

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Portland Road NE Streetscape Improvements Underway Between Rose Garden Street NE to Hyacinth Street NE - 01/12/18

Utility relocation work has begun on Portland Road NE and is expected to continue through May 2018. This work was initiated in December and includes the movement of franchise utilities, as necessary to complete upcoming improvements to Portland Road. Utility work will be performed by the City of Salem as well as other local utility providers. Pedestrians and motorists should use caution and expect traffic congestion due to traffic-shifting and lane closures on Portland Road NE.

The utility relocation work is in preparation for the Portland Road NE Streetscape Improvement Project scheduled to begin in May. This project includes construction of new sidewalks that will provide a continuous Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant pedestrian connection between Bill Frey Drive & Northgate Avenue and Hyacinth Street NE. The project also includes the addition of mid-block pedestrian crossings, transit stop upgrades, and utility improvements. Portland Road NE Streetscape Improvements are funded by the North Gateway Urban Renewal Area.

Residents Encouraged to Apply for Open Salem Planning Commission Position - 01/05/18

City of Salem residents interested in the future growth and development of the city are encourage to apply for a newly vacated seat on the Salem Planning Commission. The appointee would serve the remaining term of this position, which expires December 31, 2020.

The Planning Commission advises City Council on issues ranging from traffic congestion relief and sidewalks, to housing and zoning regulations, and more. Applications must be received by 5 p.m., January 25, 2018. Interested residents should visit the City website at the link below for more information.

The Salem Planning Commission consists of nine unpaid, volunteer members appointed by the City Council. Commission members serve four-year terms and are limited to two consecutive terms of office. Commission meetings are held at 5:30 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of each month.

River Road South to Reopen at 3:30 p.m. Today - 01/03/18

River Road S between Owens Street SE and Minto Island Road SE will reopen at 3:30 today, in time for the evening commute. City crews are doing final clean-up right now. It took 25 dump truck loads to clear the debris from the rock slide that closed the road on January 1.

Update - Salem Warming Center - 12/24/17

The Salem Warming Center will be open on the 25th of December during normal hours.
On December 26th, the Center will be closed awaiting the next the appropriate weather event.