City Continues Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Improvements in Downtown Salem

Posted on June 29, 2020

City of Salem – 06/29/20 1:30 PM

On Mon., Jul. 6, 2020, the City of Salem will begin work on constructing a curb extension at the southwest corner of Ferry Street SE at Liberty Street SE and removing the second right turn lanes from Court Street NE to Liberty Street and from Liberty Street NE to Center Street NE.  This is one of several Traffic Safety Improvement Projects underway this summer in Salem.  Pedestrians and motorists are asked to use caution and plan for some delays during the construction. All improvements are anticipated to be complete by the end of July 2020.

There will be intermittent closures of far-left lanes on Liberty Street SE and Ferry Street SE during the construction of the curb extension between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, with occasional weekend work.

The removal of the second right turn lanes will occur at night between the hours of 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.  Residents and businesses within the area will be able to access their properties from the side streets.

These improvements are part of the Central Salem Mobility Study approved by City Council in 2013 to improve travel, safety, and accessibility in Downtown Salem. The project budget is funded through the City of Salem’s Urban Renewal Agency.

Additional information and maps of the summer construction projects across Salem can be found online on the City’s new Construction Season 2020 hub.  Please contact James Suing, Program Coordinator at or 503-588-6211 for additional information.

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