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Ask Congressman Schrader to Fix Our Frayed Seismic Lifeline

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Dallas Civic Center - February 12th, 6:00PM Schrader Town Hall

The condition of our current bridges connecting Polk county to everything east of the Willamette are described by ODOT in the 2017 Bridge Condition Report as “Structurally Deficient” and “Functionally Obsolete.” On a 0-9 rating scale, these bridges are rated a 1 and 2 with the report describing anything receiving a 4 or less needing "Replacement or Major Rehabilitation.”

This is literally a matter of life and death for those of us who will be on the west side of the river when the long-overdue Cascadia earthquake hits. Neither bridge will be standing after the quake, leaving everyone from West Salem, Dallas, Monmouth, Independence, Grande Ronde to Lincoln City cut off from recovery efforts. That means no access to the Salem Hospital Trauma Center, no water supply for many, and no way for medical help or supplies to get to us. With help on the other side of the river, we’ll be cut off from what ODOT calls our Seismic Lifeline.

It’s way past time to fix this predicted disaster by building the Salem River Crossing bridge, which will give us a way to get to safety and allow help to get to our communities.

How can you help?

First, attend Congressman Schrader's Town Hall on February 12th at the Dallas Civic Center at 6:00 PM.  We need hundreds of our Salem Bridge Solutions supporters to be there to make sure he understands how important this is to our community. We’ll be there by 5:00 with our green T-shirts, if you don’t have one yet, to make sure he can see how many of us support this issue.

Second, contact Congressman Schrader and let him know how important it is to you that he works to get the funding for the Salem River Crossing. Email his office, call his office Phone: (202) 225-5711 or better yet, do both!

When I asked Congressman Schrader a couple of weeks ago about funding, he said there is money and he would ask for it, but said building the bridge was “controversial” and he needed “solid direction from the community.” The truth is that there is VERY solid agreement within the community with a recent city-wide poll of Salem showing 77% support for the bridge.

There are only a very small number of people opposed to the bridge. Only 16 months ago, on October 12, 2016, we had a regional meeting, with public testimony including the Polk and Marion County Commissioners and Planning Boards, Salem and Keizer City Councils that resulted in a UNANIMOUS vote to support moving forward with the Salem River Crossing. There could be no clearer “solid direction from the community.”

Come join us on the 12th to help convince Congressman Schrader we need him to lead on this life and death issue for our community.

Build it NOW!

Mike