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As promised, that signal is now on

Written March 3rd, 2021 by Hasso Hering

Gibson Hill traffic has a green light — well, two actually — just before 6 on Wednesday night.

Here’s a pledge: No more updates and progress reports on the traffic signal at Crocker Land and Gibson Hill in North Albany.

There’s no need, because five years after the decision was made to put it in, the first traffic signal on Gibson Hill Road has now been turned on.

The city’s Public Works Department had said the lights would be activated on Wednesday morning. I wasn’t there until just before 6 Wednesday night, and they certainly worked then.

Presumably now, the commuting life of drivers on Crocker will become less frustrating. No more long waits while hoping for simultaneous gaps in east- and west-bound traffic on Gibson Hill.

In case anybody cares, this installation cost the city about $800,000. According to a memo to the council early in the planning, the money would come largely from transportation systems development charges levied on new houses when they were built. (hh)

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3 responses to “As promised, that signal is now on”

  1. Evelyn Farley says:

    What needs to be done before the intersection of Century Drive and Knox Butte become a real killer? There are a lot of new homes, apartments, motels, restaurant, freeway ramps, airport and other businesses using this intersection! Help!

  2. GregB says:

    Great. Finally.
    Two other intersections that are dangerous need immediate attention in Benton county. Flashing yellow lights and signs just don’t cut it. The Intersections are on hiway 20 at the Independence hiway intersection and the other at Granger Road and 20. Just making a comment here. Maybe someone that has the power to make that happens will read this comment.

    • Not GS says:

      People who have the power to change it won’t be found here. The constant drone of the same 15 people who have nothing positive to say, some who don’t even live in Albany, or Oregon for that matter.


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