We have GREAT news about our progress on the bridge BUT we need your help to make sure it stays great news!
First, the great news. ODOT has almost competed one of the last hurdles before we can get the permit to build the bridge. That hurdle is the Environmental Impact Study reporting their findings about the impact on the Wallace Marine Park. The findings ODOT has issued are that building Marine Drive to connect to the bridge will have a very minimal impact. This is true, and a great result for us in getting the bridge approved.
Now for the BUT. Part of the process for this report is a public comment period so the community can give their input. The people opposed to the bridge have asked for, and been granted, an extension of the comment period to July 28th, so they can gather as many comments in opposition to the findings as they can.
We can't let them win this comment battle. Those of us who want the bridge need to send our own comments to ODOT supporting the findings and explaining that the minimal impact on the park is far outweighed by the positive impact a bridge will have for our community. WE NEED HUNDREDS OF POSITIVE EMAILS to counter their negative ones.
Here is how you can help build the bridge! Send your email to ODOT which will make the decision, the Salem City Council who will also be taking a position on the findings, and SBS so we know how many have been sent. Here are the addresses:
Use the following subject line:
Subject: Wallace Marine Park 4(f) Comment
Here are points to include in your email:
- Your address
- Your support for parks AND transportation system
- The need for Marine Drive and the bridge
- You agree the impact on the park will be small
Here is an example...but please take a couple of minutes to modify it so the people receiving it know it is from you personally and not just a form letter. This is important!
Dear Ms. Henson and Salem City Council,
I live at (insert your address) and am a supporter of our parks and our transportation systems.
I agree with the findings that the impact on Wallace Marine Park, Wallace Natural Area and the walking trail will be minimal and encourage you to move forward with this project. The completion of Marine Drive and the Salem River Crossing bridge will have a tremendous positive impact on our community and are certainly worth the minimal impact to the park.
Thanks for helping us Build it NOW!