Proposed Amendment to SKATS FY 2018-2021 TIP

Map showing the location of the project limits to widen I-5.
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The public is invited to attend a public hearing and comment on proposed changes to the Salem Keizer Area Transportation Study (SKATS) Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and the Air Quality Conformity Determination (AQCD).

A public hearing is scheduled for noon on Tuesday, July 24, 2018, at 100 High St. SE, Suite 200; Salem, Oregon.

The purpose of the amendment is to add a construction phase to an existing project to widen a portion of southbound I-5 between the Kuebler Boulevard interchange and the Delaney Road interchange. The SKATS TIP currently includes a project for the design and right-of-way only to add one travel lane in each direction of I-5 between the Kuebler Boulevard and the Delaney Road interchange ramps which includes re-constructing the Battle Creek Road overpass and the I-5 bridges over the Commercial Street exit ramp.  The project was part of an Environmental Impact Study conducted in the mid-1980s for the entire I-5 corridor in Salem from the Hayesville Interchange to the Battle Creek Interchange.  The EIS was approved in 1988 by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and ODOT.

On May 17, 2018, the Oregon Transportation Commission (OTC) approved the addition of $17,332,151 to the project to add a utility relocation phase and construction phase, bringing the total project amount to $35,365,436.  The proposed funding will allow for design of the entire project but is only sufficient to construct the portion of the project on southbound I-5 from the Battle Creek culvert to south of the Delaney interchange, and will not include the reconstruction of the Battle Creek bridge at this time. The northern limits were determined to begin the addition of the third lane just prior to the start of the hill so heavy, slow moving trucks can transition into this lane before they begin slowing and causing congestion. The southern limits are driven by design standards that address the merging, weaving and transitioning of traffic between the Commercial Street on-ramp and the Delaney Road off-ramp and then on-ramp heading south. (See image, below.)  Construction is scheduled to begin in 2021.

Image showing the elevation profile of the I-5 widening project. The project begins as the elevation is increasing.

Image showing the elevation profile of the I-5 widening project. The project begins as the elevation is increasing. Source: Google Earth

The SKATS Policy Committee will conduct the public hearing.  SKATS is the designated metropolitan planning organization for the Salem-Keizer urbanized area and is responsible for regional transportation planning.

If you cannot attend the public hearing but would like to comment or ask questions about the proposed revision, please contact Karen Odenthal at (503) 540-1608 or email kodenthal@mwvcog.org .

Details of the proposed amendment .  The draft AQCD for review.  Information on other projects in the TIP