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The 2017 Construction Season is Here! - 04/21/17

2017 Public Works Construction Projects are underway with more than 30 in-house and contracted projects to be completed. Significant projects benefiting Salem residents include:

Kuebler Boulevard SE and Mill Creek Drive SE--Intersection Improvements
The City is adding a new traffic signal, signs, road striping, and sidewalks to the intersection of Kuebler Boulevard SE and Mill Creek Drive SE. These improvements will accommodate the Henningsen Cold Storage development currently underway at the Mill Creek Corporate Center. Kodiak Pacific Construction is the contractor and the signal should be operational by
June 30, 2017.

Court Street NE--Pedestrian Bridge Replacement
The deteriorating wooden pedestrian bridge over Mill Creek will be replaced with a new steel bridge. The new bridge will be elevated to prevent flooding. Construction is expected to be complete by November 2017.

Salem Heights Elementary School--Sidewalk Widening
The sidewalks in front of Salem Heights Elementary School will be widened from five feet to eight feet to improve pedestrian safety along the Liberty Road S and Madrona Avenue S intersection. Construction is expected to be complete by October 2017.

Union Street NE and Commercial Street NE--Intersection Improvements
Fulfilling a recommendation from the Central Mobility Study, approved by City Council in 2013, a traffic signal will be installed at the intersection of Union Street NE and Commercial Street NE. This signal will improve the pedestrian and bicycle connection between the Union Street Bridge and Downtown Salem. In addition, the City will add a right turn lane on eastbound Union
Street NE and install a small median island to protect bicyclists crossing the intersection. Total project cost is estimated to be $1,150,000. The project is in the bid phase with construction expected to be complete by November 2017.

Patterson Street NW--Waterline Package
This water main improvement project will replace approximately 1,135 feet of aged, 2-inch cast iron pipe with 8-inch ductile iron pipe. North Core USA, LLC is the contractor and will begin work in May. The project will be complete by August 2017. Affected streets are Patterson Avenue NW from Glen Creek Road NW to Lavona Drive NW; Lavona Drive NW from Patterson Avenue NW to View Drive NW; View Drive NW from Lavona Drive NW to Klarr Court NW; and Klarr Court NW from View Drive NW to Pali Drive NW.

13th Street NE and Mill Creek Rain Garden
This storm water improvement project will install a rain garden to provide water quality treatment for an area east and west along Marion Street NE and the flow along one block of 13th Street NE. The project is in the final design phase and construction is expected to be complete by
December 2017.

Cordon Road SE at Gaffin Road SE--Traffic Signal Improvements
A new traffic signal will be installed at the intersection of Cordon Road SE and Gaffin Road SE to accommodate increasing traffic at the intersection. Preliminary work by PGE begins in April. Tornado Soft Excavation is the construction contractor and construction is expected to be complete by November 2017.

Mill Creek Corporate Center--Kuebler Boulevard Water Main Loop
3,200 linear feet of 12-inch ductile iron water main will be installed this fall to complete a loop along Kuebler Boulevard SE in the Mill Creek Corporate Center between Aumsville Hwy SE and Henningsen Court S. This estimated $1,000,000 project is currently in the design phase. Bids open in July with construction to be completed by the end of the year.

City of Salem to Expand Union Pacific Quiet Zone - 04/19/17

On May 1, 2017, the City of Salem will add four additional crossings to the Union Pacific Railroad Quiet Zone. The new crossings are: Madison Street NE, Sunnyview Road NE, Woodrow Street NE, and Silverton Road NE. These additions bring the total number of
Quiet Zone crossings in Salem to 12, and extend the zone from Mill Street SE to
Silverton Road NE.

Trains traveling within a Quiet Zone are prohibited from sounding their horns at crossings, with limited exceptions. Exceptions include: when the train engineer determines there is imminent danger on or near the tracks, or railroad switching operations are underway. The vast majority of trains traveling through the Quiet Zones will not sound their horns.

Below are current crossings listed from south to north, in the Quiet Zone as of May 1, 2017:

* Mill Street SE
* State Street
* Court Street NE
* Chemeketa Street NE
* Center Street NE
* Marion Street NE
* D Street NE
* Market Street NE
* Madison Street NE
* Sunnyview Road NE
* Woodrow Street NE
* Silverton Road NE

Quiet Zone crossing gates, warning lights, and bells will still operate as usual. As always, it is important to exercise caution when approaching or crossing railroad tracks.

Downtown Salem Streetscape Improvements Project Begins - 04/14/17

Streetscape improvements were identified as one of the top urban renewal funding priorities within the Riverfront-Downtown Urban Renewal Area during a series of 12 focus group meetings in 2016. The City of Salem Urban Development Department, in partnership with the Public Works and Community Development Departments, is now beginning efforts to develop downtown streetscape improvements.

A community work group is working with staff to develop a scope of work for consulting efforts. A Request for Proposals will be issued in the summer of 2017, with public input and outreach to begin in the fall after a consultant has been selected.

For additional information about Salem's streetscape project, please contact Sheri Wahrgren, Downtown Revitalization Manager, at 503-540-2495 or Si necesita ayuda para comprender esta informaciĆ³n, por favor llame 503-588-6178.

Boarding Floats Installed at Wallace Marine Park - 04/13/17

Boarding floats will be installed at Wallace Marine Park boat ramp on Tuesday, April 18, 2017.

Boarding floats are removed in mid to late fall to prevent them from collecting debris, being damaged, or carried away as river levels rise. In the spring, when river levels recede, they are reinstalled.

Parks & Recreation Online Registration System is Live! - 04/07/17

The City of Salem has announced that its new Parks & Recreation Online Registration System is live and available to all Salem Residents! Customers are now able to go online to find available programs, register, and pay for:

* STRIDE Walks and Runs
* Youth programs, such as Summer Parks Programs and Sports Programs
* Adult programs, such as Softball and Kickball

Customers can register from the comfort of their own home computer or from their mobile device. Salem residents can access the new system through the new City website ( Click on the Community Resources icon and select Parks and Activities.

For more information please call 503-588-6261.

City of Salem Launches New Community-Centric Website April 3 - 03/31/17

Salem, Ore. - On Mon., Apr. 3, the City of Salem will launch a new community-centric website at The new site will feature a dramatic upgrade in features and appearance.

The new will be easier for the user to navigate; it features a streamlined menu, a better search function, improved look, and new content. The new site is also easier to use on smartphones and tablets. The new format makes it easy for residents to access City information and services.

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

While it was in public preview, website visitors had the opportunity to submit feedback via an online survey. Some of that feedback has already been incorporated in the new site. As a part of the City's commitment to continually improving the website, a feedback form is also available on the new site. "We look forward to continuing to receive input from residents as they explore it." says website project manager Laura Singer.

The City built the site entirely in-house; 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."

City Parks Prepare for Spring - 03/28/17

City of Salem parks will return to the normal on-season schedule beginning April 3, 2017.

To prepare the parks for reopening, City staff will open restrooms that were closed for the winter, mow grass as weather permits, turn on drinking fountains and sprinkler systems, and prepare the park landscapes for a season of high use by residents, groups, and events. The City also added seasonal employees to help maintain the parks and open spaces.