Salem Receives $6.2 Million in Grants for Two New Multi-Use Pedestrian Paths

Posted on July 29, 2023

City of Salem – 07/28/23 11:00 AM

Salem, Ore. — Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) has awarded more than $6.2 million to help fund two new multi-use paths within the City of Salem. The Pringle Creek Path extension, connecting Civic Center to Riverfront Park, has been awarded $6 million in grant funding for the construction of the path. The Oregon Highway 22 Pedestrian Overpass has been awarded $269,190 to develop a refinement plan for the proposed pedestrian crossing over Highway 22, east of Lancaster Drive SE.

The Pringle Creek Path is being funded by a combination of Safety and Livability Bond Funds, Urban Renewal Agency funds, and the new Oregon Community Paths grant. The project would connect Salem’s Civic Center path under Commercial Street SE to the network of trails from Willamette University to Riverfront Park, and link with trails into Minto-Brown Island Park and Wallace Marine Park.

The proposed Oregon Highway 22 pedestrian overpass would connect students living near Highway 22 with Miller Elementary School, Houck Middle School, and Bill Riegel Park. The entire area is classified by the Salem-Keizer School District as a Hazard Walk Zone, meaning students in the area require bussing to school. The grant will help fund project refinement costs necessary to determine the alignment and prospective location of the overpass.

Established in 2017, the Oregon Community Paths Program supports investments in multi-use paths that serve as alternative transportation options. It is a grant program dedicated to helping communities create and maintain connections through multi-use paths. Funds come from the ODOT Multimodal Active Transportation fund and the federal Transportation Alternatives Program fund.

Get information on Salem Safety and Livability Bond Projects like the Pringle Creek Path.

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