The proposed site of a pedestrian bridge over Highway 22 connecting Bill Riegel Park and Miller Elementary School in Salem.

Four lanes of speeding traffic divide residents living along Highway 22 in east Salem.

Those in the north wanting to go to Bill Riegel Park or those in the south wanting to go to Miller Elementary School must either drive or face dangerous walking and biking conditions.

The city is looking to change that with a pedestrian bridge over Highway 22.

After Salem City Council unanimously passed a motion to apply for funding from the state, the project is one step closer to becoming a reality.

Those living near the proposed bridge, which would arch over the highway between Cordon Road and Lancaster Drive, say it is vital for having a safe, equitable and connected neighborhood.

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