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Alb-Cor trail: Benton takes a step

Written March 1st, 2016 by Hasso Hering

Benton County is taking the next step in planning for a bike trail between North Albany and Corvallis, and it begins with — what else? — hiring a consultant.


Survey boosts Alb-Cor bike path

Written January 7th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

The idea of a bike trail between North Albany and Corvallis — dormant since the plan to route it through farm land along the Portland & Western railroad tracks was shot down a year ago — got a welcome boost from a survey that showed substantial support.


More bike trail news, sort of

Written April 10th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

On the mid-valley bike-trail front, there are developments and one of them — a bill introduced by Rep. Andy Olson of Albany — could complicate things a bit.


Bike route options: How about these?

Written February 27th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Now that the latest plan for an Albany-Corvallis Bike Trail — or “multi-use path” — has been shot down, Benton County says it will try to find another route. A long look at the map suggests at least two alternatives that would be almost as good.


Alb-Cor Bike Trail: Where to now?

Written January 24th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Well, “bogus” was the wrong word. I used it in a headline on my Jan. 16 commentary about objections by a dozen land owners to the proposed route of the Albany-Corvallis Bike Trail. Farmers along the route have concerns that are very real, as I learned Saturday in a visit with one of them.


Alb-Cor Trail: Bogus objections

Written January 16th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

A group of land owners along the rail line between Albany and Corvallis is determined to prevent construction of the Albany-Corvallis Bike Trail, but their stated reasons make no sense, at least to me. And if it comes to the point where eminent domain has to be invoked, I don’t see how their objections would […]


Trail: May the opponents reconsider

Written December 10th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

A dozen farmers oppose construction of the Albany-Corvallis Bike Trail, and they may be able to block it. They can keep fighting a conditional use permit Benton County is seeking for the path, and if that fails they can decline to sell any needed easements. The question is whether they really want to kill a project with benefits for […]


Big crowd jams bike trail hearing

Written December 2nd, 2014 by Hasso Hering

UPDATE: Tuesday night’s hearing was continued until next Tuesday, 7 p.m. Dec. 9 in Benton County’s Sunset Building, for more testimony. About 20 people spoke in favor of the plan for a bike trail between Albany and Corvallis, and six farmers spoke against it.  A public hearing on the planned Albany-Corvallis Bike Trail drew an […]


 
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