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City comes to the rescue, quickly

Written March 24th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

What’s going on in this west Albany alley is an emergency repair job. A friend who lives behind that fence on the right told me about it, and I checked it out because it’s an example of a helpful but largely unheralded program the city of Albany runs.


That was quick: Flooding fixed

Written November 18th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

You will be relieved to hear that this is likely to be the last report on the great Southwest Broadway Street flood of 2016. Why? Because once Albany officials became aware of the problem, the city jumped into action, spent some days pumping away the ponding runoff, and on Thursday was finishing work on a permanent fix.


City pump at work on Broadway

Written November 7th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

Albany has jumped into action to deal with a big puddle of runoff that started overflowing a part of Broadway Street S.W. this fall.


Old ‘bunker’? A mystery no more

Written August 28th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Surrounded by chain link fencing topped by barbed wire, this bunker-like pile exudes a degree of mystery. What goes on behind the weathered concrete? Who climbs those stairs, and why? The answer, sadly prosaic, is that nothing has gone on there for decades, and probably nothing ever will.


It looked like a close call

Written June 2nd, 2015 by Hasso Hering

This was Monday afternoon and it could have been bad. Flaggers were regulating traffic on North Albany road, and the line of stopped northbound vehicles stretched back across the railroad tracks when the crossing lights started flashing and, moments later, the gates came down.


Patience: Getting around to landscaping

Written May 27th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Weeds are sprouting, as weeds will, in the center island of Albany’s Main Street roundabout, where a planned landscaping treatment is taking longer than expected. But let’s be patient; it should be done this summer.


Crash: A chance to test NA detour

Written May 16th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

As you can see above, Pacific Power crew members worked Saturday afternoon to replace a power pole on North Albany Road. The road had been closed since Saturday morning. A worker manning the roadblock at the south end of the work zone told me that a trailer had come loose and slammed into the pole by the […]


The riverfront beat: A slight detour

Written September 16th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

The latest from the Albany riverfront beat: The Dave Clark Path was partially blocked on Tuesday afternoon, and it looked like the work might go on for a few more days.


Belmont Street update: A big dig

Written September 10th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

There was a big, deep hole Wednesday on Belmont Street in southwest Albany, and workers were laboring to make it bigger. Working under a $484100 city contract, North Santiam Paving of Stayton is replacing two damaged culverts under the street with a three-sided box culvert, and until it’s done the street is closed.


Paving with deadline a day away

Written August 28th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

With the deadline one day away, the paving crew on Albany’s Main Street project was working hard Thursday to finish the job by the time the city has promised.


 
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