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Update: River Road South in Salem is Open - 03/17/17

River Road reopened at 4:30 p.m.

Update Friday 11:35 a.m.
City crews and contractors continue to work on the River Road south rockslide. At this time we anticipate the road will be reopened mid to late Friday afternoon. Will update when more information is available.

Update Thursday 6:48 p.m.
River Road South in Salem will remain closed completely to vehicle, pedestrian, and bicycle traffic throughout Thursday night, the Friday morning commute and most of Friday. For safety reasons, all closure points will be staffed throughout this period.

Salem's scaling contractor worked this afternoon and made progress taking pressure off of the slide area. The curtain fencing needs to be removed to complete the scaling. Work will begin again at 7:30 a.m. and will remove the curtain fencing, finish the scaling, rehang the curtain fencing, and remove what is now about 100-120 cu yards of material, replace the barrier fence and clean the street.

The goal is to be done in time for evening commute, Friday afternoon. An update will be issued mid-day Friday.

River Road South is expected to remain closed through Thursday evening.

A geotechnical engineer has examined the location of the Thursday morning rockslide along a section of River Road South and determined that additional material needs to be removed as a precaution before the road can be safely reopened (picture attached).

A contractor will be working this afternoon and evening to complete additional scaling and removal of unstable material.

The closure is from the entrance to Minto-Brown Island Park on the south to Fairmont Avenue S on the north end. Motorists are advised to use Commercial Street SE, Liberty Street S,
Madrona Avenue SE and Croisan Creek Road as a detour route.

City of Salem Notice of 30-Day Comment Period Begins Mar. 15: Housing and Community Development 2017-18 Annual Action Plan - 03/14/17

The Housing and Community Development 2017-2018 Annual Action Plan, required for the City of Salem and the Salem/Keizer Consor¬tium to receive funds from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), is available for a 30-day comment period beginning Mar. 15. This Plan is a tool used for the implementation of projects that will utilize funds received from HUD. These funds provide community assistance to low income persons in the following categories:
1. Promote Economic Development
2. End Homelessness
3. Expanding Affordable Housing
4. Neighborhood Revitalization

Some of the proposed projects for the 2017-2018 program year include: new construction and rehabilitation of affordable housing, social services, microenterprise development, job creation, and rental assistance. The 2017-2018 Annual Action Plan contains the steps the City will take in the next year to implement the 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan.

The draft 2017-2018 Annual Action Plan is available to review from Mar. 15 -- Apr. 14, 2017 at: the reference desk of the City of Salem Public Library, 585 Liberty St. SE; the City of Salem Urban Development Department, 350 Commercial St. NE Salem; and the City of Keizer Department of Community Development, 930 Chemawa Road NE, Keizer. It is also available online at > Plan Information tab.

All comments on the Plan must be submitted to the City of Salem Urban Development Department, or the City of Keizer Department of Community Development, before Apr. 14, 2017 at 5 p.m. Additional information can be obtained by calling 503-540-2405. Si necesita ayuda para comprender esta información, por favor llame 503-588-6178.

City of Salem Announces Public Preview of New Website - 03/01/17

The City of Salem invites Salem residents to preview the newly designed city website. Starting March 1, visitors to will be greeted by a banner inviting them to try out the new website. The preview site can also be accessed directly by going to Beginning in early April, the new site will become the official website for the City of Salem.

Built from the ground up with a community-centric philosophy, the new site is easier to navigate and use. It features a streamlined menu, improved look, and all-new content. The City also made sure that the new site is easier to use on smartphones and tablets. This makes it simple for residents to access City information and services on whatever device they choose.

"The new site is an improvement for sure," says Kenny Larson, Communications and Community Engagement Manager for the City. "By making things easier to find, read and understand, the new site is a big step forward in helping people get the information they're looking for."
The site will ask website visitors to submit feedback via an online form if they wish. "We look forward to receiving input from residents as they explore it." said website project manager Laura Singer.

To reduce costs and ensure the new site is better able to stay up to date, the City built the site entirely in-house with a team of passionate City staff from multiple departments. That team came together to reimagine the website and created new content with a consistent look and feel. No third-party consultants were used in this project. Krishna Namburi, Information Technology Director/CIO for the City says, "Our goal is to deliver and maintain a site that makes a visible difference in the Salem community."

The City of Salem is excited to release the new site as a part of its commitment to continue providing improved services to the community.