Salem, Ore. — On Mon., May 20, 2018, the City of Salem will begin construction of pedestrian crossing improvements at the intersection of Commercial Street SE at Royvonne Ave SE. This work includes constructing a striped crosswalk with American with Disabilities Act compliant curb ramps, a median island, and rapid flashing lights to alert drivers to the presence of pedestrians crossing the street. The work is expected to be completed by the end of July, 2019.
Motorists are asked to use caution and plan for delays due to intermittent traffic shifting and lane closures in both directions on Commercial Street SE. Motorists should consider alternate routes to avoid traffic congestion.
The improvements are part of the 2020 Capital Improvement Plan. The project budget is $150,000 and funded through the City of Salem’s share of Oregon Gas Tax revenue. In the past year, the City of Salem made several other improvements to make it safer to walk and bike in Salem, including:
New speed signs along the Winter-Maple Neighborhood Greenway;
Rapid-flashing beacons on Portland Road;
Stop signs and radar speed signs along Fisher Road NE;
Stop signs at the intersection of D Street NE and Winter Street NE, and at six intersections along Maple Avenue NE, completing the first phase of the Winter-Maple Neighborhood Greenway;
Improvements to sidewalks and street lighting on 12th Street SE Southbound.