Salem Bridge Solutions

Making another bridge connecting
Polk and Marion counties possible.

Salem Oregon Needs an Additional Bridge Now!

Currently, the entire Salem region depends on a single bridge crossing the Willamette River in the downtown area. As Salem has expanded and grown in population, the dependence on a single bridge to connect the whole of Polk and Marion Counties is becoming increasingly costly, inconvenient and problematic. Salem Bridge Solutions is a grassroots political group that believes another bridge connecting Polk County and Marion County should be a priority for the region.

Current Traffic Problem

Public health and safety

This is an urgent public health and safety risk. With daily traffic jams and frequent traffic accidents that make our only bridge impassable, the risk to residents who suffer a medical emergency in Polk County, across the river from the Salem Hospital trauma center, is unacceptable. In addition, with the increasing likelihood of a significant earthquake, our only bridge, built long before seismic engineering considerations, is unlikely to be available if/when we have an earthquake.

Environmental Responibility

This is an environmental responsibility issue. As thousands of cars each week idle for extended periods while caught in unnecessary traffic jams, they release many tons of carbon dioxide as well as pollutants that contaminate the air and add to climate change concerns. This pollution impacts residents who live along the unnecessarily congested roads and disproportionately represent poor and minority communities.

Economics

This is an economic issue. As workers, business people and residents sit in traffic, they are not able to contribute their productivity to our economy. Thousands of daily commuters spend an extra 20 minutes each way sitting in their idling cars for an average of at least 3.3 nonproductive hours each week. The total lost time is equivalent to 21.5 days per person per year representing an enormous loss to our community.

Quality of Life

This is a qualiyty of life issue. As the population of the region increases, wait times will inevitably increase. Of course this has an enormous economic impact. Beyond the economics . . . is this how we want to spend our time?

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