The way these rocks are being arranged inside Albany’s Main Street roundabout, it’s inevitable that we’re going to call it Stonehenge. But far from being the ancient artifact of a long-dead civilization, the arrangement is brand new this week.
The way many of us have been going on about roundabouts, especially this one, it’s impossible not to note this latest step in its development and construction.
This, Albany’s third major roundabout and fifth altogether (unless I missed one), was finished as part of the Main Street rehabilitation project almost exactly a year ago. After prolonged public discussions about what should go in its center, the city wisely decided to go with landscaping instead of anything more elaborate, symbolic or expensive.
As I reported in July, the city then was about to award a landscaping contract to Anderson’s Erosion Control Inc. of Junction City, whose bid of $31,490 was the lower of two. As expected, the contractor evidently waited for cooler weather to start the job this week.
Among other things, the bid specifications called for placing 30 boulders up to 4.5 feet tall plus another 30 rocks about two feet tall. On Wednesday night some of the rocks were in place, as you can see. An assortment of plants was to follow, and the company has until Sept. 18 to finish the job.
I think the boulders are a nice touch even if their alignment, as far as I can tell, doesn’t mark the sunrise on the summer solstice. One thing’s for sure: These rocks will keep vehicles from driving across. (hh)