Salem lists the Southeast Commercial Street sidewalk as a priority for federal funding

The city had a list of five transportation projects it hopes to get funded from a $10 million federal pot. Most requests are for additional funding for planned projects as costs have increased.

Center Street Northeast on Wednesday, January 12, 2022. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

It will be easier to walk along Southeast Commercial Street across from Roth and Wilco Fresh Market if the City of Salem is able to secure additional federal funding.

This project would add an 800 foot section of sidewalk along this road and add a traffic light at the intersection of Southeast Commercial Street and Southeast Ratcliff Drive.

It is one of five projects for which the City of Salem is seeking millions of dollars in federal funding as part of the Salem-Keizer Area Transportation Study.

Salem-Keizer Area Transportation Study, the metropolitan planning organization that includes Keizer, Salem, Turner, Marion County, Polk County, Salem Area Transit District, Salem-Keizer School District , is responsible for planning transport improvement investments throughout the region.

The group has $10 million in funding available for projects ready to start between 2024 and 2027. Recipients are required to provide matching funds to cover at least 10% of the project cost.

The city is requesting additional funding for planned projects as costs have increased.

In 2020, Salem received $3.2 million in federal funds for the sidewalk project on Commercial. He’s asking for an additional $1.6 million for a total cost of $5.4 million. Construction is scheduled for 2026.

The second and third priorities are projects on two sections of Southeast McGilchrist Street.

Improvements are expected to add bike lanes, curbs, gutters, sidewalks and drainage systems. This project also includes the realignment and addition of traffic lights at Southeast 22nd Street and the addition of a culvert across Pringle Creek.

The study awarded Salem $4.5 million to acquire rights-of-way for the McGilchrist project from Southeast 12th Street to Southeast 25th Street.

The city is requesting $6.1 million to complete the second phase from Southeast Ford Street to Southeast 25th Street.

It is asking for an additional $5.5 million to complete the third phase, which stretches from the southeast of the 19th

Street to Southeast 16th Street.

Construction is scheduled for next year.

Marion County approached the city with a proposal to submit joint applications to extend improvements on State Street and Center Street east to Cordon Road.

These projects aim to make it easier to walk or cycle on these streets.

Marion County has already planned to make improvements to a section of Center Street from Lancaster Drive and Northeast 45th Place.

The $3.7 million project the city is seeking funding for would add sidewalks and bike lanes to the north side of the street, stretching from Northeast 45th Place to Northeast Cordon Road. It would also include a center turn lane and a cycle lane on the south side of the road.

The other project is on State Street and extends from Northeast 46th Avenue to Northeast Cordon Road and would add a sidewalk on the south side of the street. It is expected to cost $5.3 million.

If funding is granted for these projects, the county and city will reach an agreement on how they will split the costs.

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Contact reporter Saphara Harrell at 503-549-6250, [email protected]

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