Lanes close on Court Street in downtown Salem as two-way conversion nears completion

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There will be lane closures this week on Court Street NE as construction nears completion converting the one-way street into a two-way .
There will be lane closures this week on Court Street NE as construction nears completion converting the one-way street into a two-way .

Drivers traveling through downtown Salem can expect lane restrictions on Court Street starting Tuesday.

City crews are nearing completion of the monthlong process of converting a portion of the road into a two-way street.

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Lane restrictions are expected beginning Tuesday. Final lane adjustments are expected to be complete by Thursday and will include lane and parking stall striping, sign adjustments and the activation of new traffic signals.

After the work concludes, Court Street will run east and west from Commercial Street to High Street.

City officials said the change will address mobility and usability issues in the city's core and come as part of the Central Salem Mobility Study recommendations. The study found that the change would increase multimodal transportation opportunities while still preserving access to downtown parking.

The switch also is expected to increase traffic circulation, access and improve safety.

The Court Street project will increase access to local downtown businesses by converting the westbound three-lane road into a two-lane, east-west direction with appropriate left turn lanes at Commercial Street and High Street, city public works spokesman Trevor Smith said in a statement.

Parking will be available in both directions. He compared the updates to the conversion of State Street to a two-way street in 2021.

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The project includes new medians, islands, traffic signals and lighting. Construction and design for the changes cost $500,000.

Installation of the new street striping to complete the project was weather-dependent and required a period of dry weather with temperatures above 40 degrees.

City officials advised the public to watch for signs and cones identifying temporary lane markers and turn lane indicators and obey all traffic signs as various traffic control measures are updated and replaced.

More information on current city road construction projects is available on the Active Construction Dashboard.

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This article originally appeared on Salem Statesman Journal: Lanes close on Court Street as two-way conversion nears completion