Marion County commissioners consider bridge repairs, street improvements

The Marion County Board of Commissioners meets Wednesday to consider a $3.3 million contract with a Coburg-based construction company for repairs on the Independence Bridge.


The county has an agreement with Polk County which allows for maintenance work on the bridge. Marion County recently received a federal grant to remove sediment from around the bridge’s piers, which will extend its service life, according to the agenda item.

Hamilton Construction Co. was selected for the project through a competitive grant process.

Commissioners will also consider approving a county grant application to the state Department of Veterans’ Affairs for about $230,000 for fiscal year 2022-23. The county has a contract that started January 2018 with the Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency to provide veteran services.

The board will consider adding $400,000 to a contract with Advanced Security, Inc for unarmed security and patrol services at five Marion County buildings through June 2023. The funding is intended to “ensure safety and well-being of county clients and staff,” and the new contract would total $1.745 million according to the agenda item.

The commissioners will consider changing the permit requirements for construction or other activity that exposes soil. The threshold for requiring a permit would change from 1 acre of disturbed ground to 1/4 of an acre.

They will also consider adding about $1 million in federal funding to a contract with the state Department of Transportation for pedestrian and bicycle improvements on the west side of Southeast Connecticut Avenue, from Macleay Road to Rickey Street. In February 2020, the board approved the contract only for the project’s preliminary engineering phase. The work would include adding sidewalks as well as American with Disabilities Act-compliant pedestrian facilities and cub ramps along the road. The new contract until March 2030 would total about $1.12 million, of which the county would provide about $115,400.

Meeting details: The commissioners meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday in the Senator Hearing Room at 555 Court Street N.E. Anyone can sign up to give public comment in-person at the meeting. The meeting is streamed live on YouTube

Contact reporter Ardeshir Tabrizian: [email protected] or 503-929-3053.

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Ardeshir Tabrizian has covered criminal justice and housing for Salem Reporter since September 2021. As an Oregon native, his award-winning watchdog journalism has traversed the state. He has done reporting for The Oregonian, Eugene Weekly and Malheur Enterprise.