City of Salem Streets and Bridges
City of Salem Streets and Bridges • • • • • • 539 miles of paved streets 53 bridges 263 signalized intersections 195 school zone flashers 7,100 street lights 125,000 street trees Salem’s Related Services: Traffic Control & Signal Timing Traffic Signal Maintenance Pavement Maintenance Shoulder & Alley Maintenance Snow and Ice Response Street Lighting Adopt-A-Street Fall Leaf Removal Sweeping/Signs/ Markings Planning for the Future Project Design Right-of-way maintenance (mowing/landscaping/street trees) The Problem • You may have noticed problems in your neighborhood and around town: – heavy traffic/congestion – potholes & worn pavement – bridges built before your grandparents’ day – Pedestrian/bicycle safety concerns. • You’re aware of these problems – and so is the City of Salem Our shared vision for Salem is a city where everyone is connected: with easy access to jobs, schools, parks, shopping by auto, bicycle or on foot. Cost Pinch • In recent years there has been a cost pinch. Salem’s streets depend on gas tax revenues, and they’re not increasing. • State gas tax has not increased since 1993 • The cost of road construction materials has increased by more than 70 percent since 1993. The result is a growing deficit. The City Wants Your Advice • First, there are more problems than we can possibly pay for. So what are the most urgent needs, for you? • Are there any street and bridge problems that are so important you’d be willing to pay more taxes to solve? • Other Oregon cities are considering: – transportation bond measures – local gas taxes – street utility fees and other sources Are any of these possible funding sources more appealing to you than the others?