Salem Votes Down Third Bridge
Article Courtesy of Salem Reporter
By Troy Brynelson — Salem Reporter
February 11, 2019 at 9:41pm
Salem City Council has voted to halt the Salem River Crossing in its tracks.
In a 6-3 vote, councilors said they won’t instruct city staff to help state transportation officials complete a sweeping environmental review needed for the project to be built. The move effectively ends the project, which started in 2006.
The defeating motion came from Councilor Tom Andersen, who contended Monday night that the project as blueprinted was too costly, ineffective at treating the city’s congestion problems and “environmentally unsound.”
“No doubt there may be, and there probably will be, a need for another bridge over the Willamette to solve the regional problems — but not this bridge. Not here, not now,” he said.
Councilor Matt Ausec seconded the motion. Councilors Jackie Leung, Cara Kaser, Chris Hoy and Sally Cook voted for it.
Mayor Chuck Bennett and councilors Brad Nanke and Jim Lewis voted against the motion. Nanke, the city’s longest-serving councilor, said he couldn’t find the words to describe how he felt.
“Hopefully this wakes the city up because it shakes me to the core and I’m sure it will do that to a lot of people for many generations as well,” he said.