January 10, 2022 – Today the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians announced its plan to invest millions in road improvements surrounding the proposed Siletz Casino Project site in North Salem once it is approved. The improvements are intended to support additional traffic flow expected from the Siletz Casino Project, slated to be built on the Tribes’ trust property located off Interstate 5, near exit 258.
Proposed improvements include extending existing lanes, adding new lanes or installing new traffic lights at five key intersections. The Tribe has committed to cover the percentage of the costs these road improvements that professional studies show will be associated with the new casino. To maximize these investments, the Tribe has discussed pairing construction with further improvements planned by the Oregon Department of Transportation in the same area. The Tribe has also expressed its willingness to incorporate bus and light rail stops at the project site to increase public transportation accessibility.
The plan is informed by a detailed traffic study that examined 20 intersections surrounding the proposed Siletz Casino Project site. The traffic study was conducted by Kittelson and Associates, an Oregon-based civil engineering firm, in coordination with staff from the City of Salem, City of Keizer, Oregon Department of Transportation and Marion County. The study examined existing transportation systems including volumes from transit, bicycle and pedestrian traffic in the project area.
As part of project construction, the Tribe will complete the traffic mitigation measures identified below or make an in-lieu fair share contribution equivalent to the cost of the mitigation measures identified to fund completion. The mitigation measures include:
- Chemawa Road NE/I-5 Southbound Ramps: Implement the existing striped second eastbound right-turn lane and construct a second on-ramp receiving lane.
- Chemawa Road NE/I-5 Northbound Ramps: Construct a westbound right-turn lane with 150 feet of storage.
- OR-99E/Chemawa Road NE-Hazelgreen Road NE: Extend the existing eastbound right-turn lane to provide 300 feet of storage.
- OR-99E/Kale Street NE: Construct a northbound right-turn lane with 150 feet of storage.
- OR-99E/Lancaster Drive NE: Install a traffic signal.
- OR-99E/Astoria Street NE-Ward Drive NE: Construct a southbound right-turn lane with 150 feet of storage and extend the existing northbound left-turn lane to provide 575 feet of storage.
The proposed road improvements are one component addressed in the Siletz Casino Project’s full Environmental Assessment (EA) released by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The EA assesses the environmental impacts resulting from the development of a gaming facility and hotel by the Siletz Tribe on federal land that has been held in trust for the Tribe since 2000.
The EA identifies potential impacts and includes measures that will be used to address and mitigate any identified impacts. For more information about the EA, visit: https://siletz.org/siletz-casino-project-one-step-closer-to-federal-approval/