Category: Commentary

Council: No roundabout on Gibson

Reversing a decision it made a year ago, the Albany City Council now says it does not want a full roundabout at the junction of Gibson Hill Road and Crocker Lane in North Albany.




Weekly yard debris? Not in Albany

For the second time, the Albany City Council has rejected Republic Services’ proposal to collect yard debris weekly instead of every other week. The council majority didn’t think it was right to impose extra expense on people who don’t need the more frequent service, especially… Continue reading




A tribute: Why we have bike lanes

Albany has a pretty good network of bike lanes and trails, and a 1971 law known as the Oregon Bike Bill is the main reason why. So here’s my periodic tribute to the legacy of the late Donald L. Stathos, the Republican legislator from Jackson County who… Continue reading




The Big Dig: When it will start

The digging for Albany’s Big Dig will start on June 12. A week before that, workers for Emery & Sons Construction Group will start getting equipment in place for the $8 million project to reconstruct and spruce up several downtown streets.




Road-user-fee bill stalls in Salem

Legislators seem to be in no hurry to expand OReGO, the state’s per-mile road tax program, or to make it mandatory in a few years. A bill to do both was heard by the House transportation committee on March 15 but has seen no action since.




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