Public Meeting for Blubber Hollow Complete Streets Project

Announcement from the City of Salem:

City Will Host Public Presentation and Discussion Regarding Planned Complete Streets Improvements to Bridge Street

On Thursday, September 7th the City of Salem will present design details and host a public discussion about planned Complete Streets improvements to the Bridge Street corridor, stretching from Boston Street to Flint Street.  The presentation and discussion will be held at the Salem Moose Family Center Function Hall, located at 50 Grove Street, #218 (corner of Grove Street and Harmony Grove Road) between 6:00 PM and 7:30 PM.  All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Background: In 2014, the City of Salem enacted a Complete Streets Policy that commits it to designing and constructing public transportation infrastructure to provide for safety, comfort, and accessibility for ALL users of streets, trails, and transit  systems: pedestrians, bicyclists, transit riders, motorists, commercial vehicles, and emergency vehicles, and people of all ages, abilities, and income levels.

In 2016 the City was awarded a $3.5 million grant from the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development’s (EOHED) MassWorks Infrastructure Program to design and implement Complete Streets enhancements to the Bridge Street corridor.  The planned improvements minimally include:

  • Construct Bridge Street biking and sidewalk enhancements between Flint and Boston Streets to promote additional bike use and walking to and from North River Canal Corridor (NRCC) development sites and the downtown Salem MBTA Commuter Rail Station.  Design and replace the existing four-lane roadway with a three-lane roadway that will physically separate bicycle movements from parallel motor vehicle traffic, with separated multi-use pathways on both sides of the street. Repave Bridge Street between Flint and Boston Streets, including the intersection approaches. New street lighting and landscaping to enhance the environment for pedestrians and bicyclists.

  • Replace traffic signal at the intersection of Bridge Street with Boston and Proctor Streets with a more efficient signal system. Upgrade the signal at Flint/Bridge Streets to accommodate multi-modal use.

  • Complete an incomplete shared use path between Grove and Bridge Streets. The remaining 250 +/- foot segment would be constructed between 28 Goodhue Street and Bridge Street.

  • Provide better 150 +/- foot connection between Bridge Street and Leslie’s Retreat Park shared use path on Flint Street in conjunction with signal modifications to the Flint Street/Bridge Street intersection.

  • Provide median crossing for pedestrians/bicyclists with a rectangular rapid flashing beacon at the Bridge Street end of the shared use path.

Complete Streets Presentation

Note: this is the same day as the planned groundbreaking ceremony for the Senior Center on Bridge St in Blubber Hollow. Groundbreaking at 11 am, then walk two blocks away for Complete Streets presentation at 6 pm. A busy day for Blubber Hollow / Gallows Hill.

Note #2: the $3.5 million MassWorks grant mentioned was awarded last November with plans to “begin making improvements in the spring”. Here it is almost fall and only now are plans being presented, never mind work “in the spring”. Rather typical of Salem, though. Better late than never. Actually faster than the Senior Center which was supposed to get going almost a decade ago.