Hundreds pack the room during a Salem City Council meeting on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019. The council made a final decision Monday to not move ahead with plans to build a third bridge over the Willamette River.

Hundreds pack the room during a Salem City Council meeting on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019. The council made a final decision Monday to not move ahead with plans to build a third bridge over the Willamette River.

Anna Reed/Statesman Journal

The third bridge in Salem is dead.

The long-discussed and debated third bridge over the Willamette River in Salem died by a 6-3 vote of the City Council Monday night, bringing an end to 13 years of work on the Salem River Crossing proposal and 50 years of discussion about the possibility.

“There is no other bridge than this one that will be on the table for the next 20 to 30 years,” Salem Mayor Chuck Bennett said.

City councilors Cara Kaser, Tom Andersen, Jackie Leung, Matt Ausec, Chris Hoy and Sally Cook voted to take no action on the remaining land use issues needed to keep the project alive.

Read the whole story at the Statesman Journal.