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Street Closures for March for Our Students Event - 02/13/19

Salem, Ore. — On Monday, February 18, 2019, Presidents’ Day, several streets in downtown Salem and around the State Capitol area will be closed or partially closed for a March For Our Students event.

At 7 a.m., the following street segments will close:

  • Court Street NE between 12th Street NE and Cottage Street NE
  • Waverly Street NE between Court Street NE and State Street
  • Winter Street NE between Court Street NE and Chemeketa Street NE
  • Capitol Street NE between Court Street NE and Chemeketa Street NE

At 11 a.m., the following additional street segments will close:

  • Cottage Street NE between Court Street NE and State Street
  • State Street between Church Street and 12th Street
  • Chemeketa Street NE between Capitol Street NE and Winter Street NE

The march begins at 11:00 a.m. and will move as follows:

  1. Begin on the steps of the Oregon State Capitol Building
  2. Move west on Court Street NE
  3. Turn south on Cottage Street NE
  4. Turn east on State Street
  5. Turn north on Waverly Street NE
  6. Turn west on Court Street NE
  7. Turn north on Capitol Street NE
  8. Turn west on Chemeketa Street NE
  9. Turn south on Winter Street NE
  10. Turn east on Court Street NE
  11. Proceed back to the front steps of the Oregon State Capitol Building.

Drivers should avoid these areas or anticipate delays due to congestion.  All streets are expected to reopen by 1 p.m.

Salem Public Works - Snow and Ice Preparations Underway - 02/08/19

Salem, Ore. — Weather forecasts indicate Salem and the Mid-Willamette Valley could continue to receive subfreezing temperatures with potential snowfall in the hills and on the valley floor this weekend and in the week ahead. In anticipation of this weather event, snow and ice response staff from Public Works will begin 12-hour shifts beginning at midnight tonight.  In addition, City snow plows and sanding equipment has been tested and is ready for use.  Information on the priority and secondary snow routes in Salem can be found on the City’s website on the Current Road Conditions Map.  These routes are based on the amount of traffic received.  

Long range forecasts indicate we may be in this weather pattern for a couple of weeks.  We thank Salem residents for their patience and ask that everyone be extra cautious while driving under these winter weather conditions. The City and National Weather Service offer the following safe winter driving tips:

  • Reduce your speed and leave extra distance between vehicles
  • Use extra caution on sharp curves and expect longer stopping distances
  • Give snow plows plenty of room and only pass if necessary
  • Make sure your vehicle is clear of snow and ice before driving
  • Carry a shovel and sand or kitty litter for emergency traction assistance
  • Keep an emergency supply kit in your vehicle that includes a blanket, some food, and water

Additional information on current road conditions in the city can be found on the City of Salem website at:  Please report roadway concerns to the 24-hour Public Works Dispatch Center at 503-588-6311.

Local Non-Profits Invited to Apply for Funds; Federal Funding Application Cycle Opens Feb. 12 - 02/01/19

Salem, Ore. – Eligible non-profits in Salem and Keizer are invited to submit proposals for approximately $1,050,000 in City of Salem Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership programs funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Applications will also be accepted for approximately $400,000 from the City’s funds designated for supportive services.

The online application portal at opens Tues., Feb. 12, 2019 at 8 a.m. All applications must be submitted by Thurs., Mar. 14, 2019 at 5 p.m. Applications sent by any other method, including, but not limited to, facsimile, email, postal service, hand delivery, or any method other than, will not be accepted. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Federal and local guidelines for funding from the CDBG and HOME programs, as well as the City’s programs, are included in the online application. Applications for projects must comply with strict eligibility criteria. Applicable funds are for the 2019 Program Year, beginning Jul. 1, 2019.

The City will hold three application technical assistance workshops to assist potential applicants. The same information will be presented at each workshop. Interested persons need only to attend one session.

  • Tues., Feb. 5, 2019 at 10:30 a.m., City of Salem Urban Development Conference Room located at 350 Commercial St. NE, Salem, Ore.
  • Wed., Feb. 6, 2019 at 9 a.m., City of Salem Urban Development Conference Room located at 350 Commercial St. NE, Salem, Ore.
  • Mon., Feb. 11, 2019 at 3 p.m., City of Salem Urban Development Conference Room located at 350 Commercial St. NE, Salem, Ore.

Workshop training material will also be available at regularly held meetings of the housing and social service community:

  • Health and Housing Committee Meeting on Mon., Feb. 11 at 11:30 a.m., Salem Housing Authority, 360 Church Street, Salem, Ore.
  • Emergency Housing Network (EHN), Thurs., Feb. 14 at 11 a.m., Union Gospel Mission 345 Commercial St NE Salem, Ore.

More about the funding sources:

Federal Community Development Block Grant Funding. The purpose of the CDBG Program is to benefit low to moderate-income households by funding projects that revitalize neighborhoods, increase affordable housing, expand economic opportunities, and/or improve community facilities and services. The estimated entitlement allocation available for programs/projects this year is $500,000. This published amount is subject to change based upon Congressional action.

Federal HOME Investment Partnership Funding. The HOME Investment Partnerships program funds a wide range of activities that build, buy, and/or rehabilitate affordable housing for rent, or provide direct rental assistance to low-income people. The estimated entitlement allocation available for HOME programs/projects this year is $650,000. This published amount is subject to change based upon Congressional action.

For more detailed information on HUD guidelines for CDBG and HOME funding, visit

City of Salem Funding. The City of Salem provides funds to support activities that provide supportive services to low-income citizens of Salem. The estimated City of Salem General Fund allocation available for programs this year is $400,000. This published amount is subject to change based upon Salem City Council action.

For any additional information, please contact Shelly Ehenger, City of Salem Federal Programs Manager, at or 503-540-2494.  

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City issues report on Salem River Crossing project in advance of January 30 Council Work Session - 01/25/19

Salem, Ore. — On January 30, 2019 at 6 p.m., the Salem City Council will hold a work session to discuss the Salem River Crossing project. The meeting will be held in Council Chambers, 555 Liberty Street SE, RM 240. In preparation for this work session, a summary of this decade-long project is available.

The immediate issue before Council is the incomplete Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Salem River Crossing Project. The next step toward completing the FEIS requires City action to address a 2017 remand issued by the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals and City action to concur with the finding of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) regarding the impacts of the project on Wallace Marine Park. Depending on how Council chooses to proceed, and the subsequent actions of the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and FHWA, it is anticipated that FHWA will either issue a Record of Decision (ROD) that will support constructing a new bridge and related approaches and roadways—currently the “Preferred Alternative” — or issue a ROD stating nothing is to be constructed, the “No Build Alternative.”

The summary report uses a question and answer format to present an overview of the Salem River Crossing project, including:

  • The design of a Preferred Alternative for a new bridge, bridge approaches and other associated roadways.
  • Results of studies that have compared the impacts in the year 2040 of the Preferred Alternative to those of a No Build Alternative (in which no bridge is constructed and no other changes are made to roadways or intersections) on congestion such as travel times, queue lengths, and traffic volumes; impacts to parks, homes, and businesses; tailpipe emissions, fuel consumption, and greenhouse gas emissions; emergency response times; and more.
  • Projected costs, funding options, and potential project phasing options for the Preferred Alternative.
  • Also included are comparisons between the potential impacts of the two alternatives.

To maximize the time available for Councilors to ask questions and discuss next steps, public comment will not be accepted at the work session on January 30. Written comments are encouraged and there will be an opportunity for public comment when this issue returns to Council for action in February. To submit written comments please email">

The meeting will be live streamed on the City of Salem Facebook page, Capital Community Television YouTube channel, and on cable channel 21.