8/25 News in Brief

*Area representatives set town hall*County schedules road projects*Kids benefit from helmet program*West Salem will see lane markings

Area representatives set town hall

INDEPENDENCE -- State Sen. Jackie Winters (R-Salem) and State Rep. Vicki Berger (R-West Salem) will co-host a town hall meeting Thursday, Aug. 26, in Polk County.

The gathering takes place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Independence Public Library, 175 Monmouth St.

Winters and Berger, whose respective districts represent portions of Polk County, including the Monmouth, Independence and West Salem areas, will meet with constituents to discuss the economy, unemployment, issues surrounding home foreclosures and more.

County schedules upcoming road work

POLK COUNTY -- Road overlay and bridge work will mean delays and closures on several Polk County roads during the next two weeks.

Polk County Public Works will be doing road overlay work beginning Friday, Aug. 27, and continuing through Friday, Sept. 10.

The road closure and delay schedule is:

* Wigrich and Wells Landing roads (southeast of Independence near Buena Vista) -- Aug. 27 and Aug. 30 -- roads closed each day.

* Hoffman Road (near Independence) -- Aug. 31 to Sept. 1 -- delays; using pilot car.

* Belvedere Street (West Salem) -- Sept. 1-2 -- delays; using pilot car.

* Maple Hill Road (West Salem) -- Sept. 2-3 -- delays; using pilot car.

* Bethel Heights Road (northeast Polk County) -- Sept. 3-7 -- delays; using pilot car.

Bridge work will also result in a 24-hour closure Aug. 30-31 on Helmick Road about ¬-mile south of Sarah Helmick State Park.

For more information: Polk County Public Works, 503-623-9287.

Kids benefit from helmet program

INDEPENDENCE -- More than 100 children from low-income homes in Independence recently received bike helmets through the Independence Police Department.

The gear was donated by Walmart in Dallas and Mike Eckmann State Farm Insurance Agency of Monmouth.

The Independence Police bike distribution program was created in the early 2000s and offers bike helmets to local children at a cost of $1.

West Salem will see lane markings

WEST SALEM -- Salem Public Works Department crews will begin to install new pavement markings called sharrows next week.

Sharrow is shorthand for "shared lane pavement marking." Sharrows indicate that motorists and bicyclists are to share the travel lane.

Crews will install the city's first sharrows in two locations, one being in West Salem on Rosemont Avenue Northwest between Edgewater Street and Eighth Avenue.

Sharrows provide visual cues to drivers and bicyclists that reinforce the existing rules of the road and help both parties align themselves within a shared travel lane. Sharrows improve safety by directing bicyclists to move a little further away from parked cars. Drivers also see how much space to give to safely pass a bicyclist.

Future locations for sharrows include Musgrave Lane Northwest leading to Wallace Marine Park.

For more information: www.cityofsalem.net, click on City A-Z, and then "Sharrow."


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