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Are we there yet? Not quite, but close

Written July 18th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

If you’re on a bike (or on foot), construction at First and Broadalbin need not concern you.

Wondering when — or indeed if — street work in downtown Albany will ever be finished? The answer is Friday, sort of.

The intersection of First and Broadalbin has been closed for a few days as Emery & Sons, the contractor on the city’s big streetscape project, has been working to reconstruct it. This is not part of the streetscape job. But during related utility work last year, this corner had to be dug up, deeper than they anticipated when they unearthed an old wooden storm drain. And there’s been a pronounced dip in the pavement ever since. That is now being fixed, at a cost of about $23,000 from the street budget.

How much longer, I wondered Wednesday afternoon. Here’s Lindsey Austin of Albany Public Works with the answer: “That intersection will be paved on Friday and open late Friday evening when it is cool enough. Striping will be completed next week; we do not have a firm date on that yet.”

Will that be the end? Yes and no.

Yes as far as the city’s portion of downtown street work is concerned, at least for now. But Ellsworth and Lyon, the downtown couplet of Highway 20, are still due for repaving. That’s an ODOT job, and the word from ODOT, via City Hall, is that it will be done in the fall.

And here’s the good news: Lindsey Austin points out that all of the ODOT work will be done at night. So she doesn’t expect much of an impact on daytime traffic. (hh)

This story has been edited from the original to add a couple of details.

One response to “Are we there yet? Not quite, but close”

  1. Doug Klinkebiel says:

    Here’s hoping ODOT turns it over to Knife River.


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