The project is being coordinated by the City of Salem and Oregon Department of Transportation to develop a solution that improves mobility and safety for travelers across the Willamette River in Salem, alleviates congestion on the existing bridges and connecting street system, is compatible with the built and natural environments, and has broad community and regional support.
City of Salem
Cost and Funding
No funding identified
Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) and Record of Decision:
Pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 304a(b), the Oregon Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration are preparing to publish a combined Final Environmental Impact Statement and Record of Decision for the Salem River Crossing Project. The combined document will be published in late summer 2019 and notice will be provided in the Federal Register and local media outlets announcing its availability and how the document may be reviewed. Questions can be directed to:
Dan Fricke, ODOT Project Manager
Anna Henson, ODOT Environmental Project Manager
Draft Environmental Impact Statement
Update: May 16, 2018
In late 2016, Salem, Keizer, Marion and Polk counties approved land use actions in support of the Salem River Crossing Preferred Alternative. The land use actions included amending the Salem Transportation System Plan, modifying the Urban Growth Boundary (UGB), and taking an exception to Statewide Planning Goal 15 (Willamette River Greenway).
ODOT and its consulting team, led by CH2M, are working to complete the Final EIS for publication; the estimated date for publication is to be determined.
The project has proposed Section 4(f) de minimis determination findings for three park/recreation resources (Wallace Marine Park; Wallace Natural Area; Willamette River Water Trail). A map of these resources is here. The comment period for these findings ended on August 11, 2017.