HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Albany searches for street funding ideas

Written June 10th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Bouncing along one of central Albany’s old residential streets, especially on a bike like in the video here, makes you wonder if the city will ever have the means to make repairs, now decades overdue. Monday’s council work session does not signal a solution any time soon.


Phase 2: Hill Street contract awarded

Written February 24th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

More than half a mile of Hill Street in southeast Albany will be rebuilt this year, and the cost is substantially less than city engineers had feared.


The old sources confirm: No ‘s’ on Lyon

Written February 3rd, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Though not, admittedly, among the burning issues of the day, how to spell Albany’s Lyon Street is occasionally in dispute. People tend to spell it with an “s” at the end of Lyon, but the “s” does not belong there.


The annual battle of the fallen leaves

Written November 18th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Autumn leaves are piling up everywhere in Albany this mild and dry — so far — November. But the end is in sight as more and more of our trees are beginning to look pretty bare.


Noted: Some nice new pavement

Written October 20th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

Getting streets maintained and pavement repaired is always an issue in Albany, but not any more on two streets in a leafy neighborhood at the southwest edge of town.


Water Avenue: A street solution?

Written July 19th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

On a bike ride along the Albany riverfront, I could not help noticing that segments of Water Avenue now have a nice new surface. Could the same kind of treatment be a solution for the many old city streets where the potholes resemble craters on the moon?


Council seems open to local gas tax

Written March 21st, 2017 by Hasso Hering

The Albany City Council seems open to the idea of putting a local gas tax before the voters this fall. That’s the impression I got after catching the tail end of a council work session on Monday.


Council talks street repairs and cash

Written February 6th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

The Albany City Council is working itself up to a plan for raising the money it will take to upgradeĀ and maintain city streets, many of which are in poor shape. Early estimates say the city would need $10-19 million a year, depending on how fast theĀ council wants to accomplish how much.


The day the sweeper comes …

Written July 7th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

If you live in Albany and want the street in front of your house swept, you can get out a broom and shovel and sweep it yourself. Or you can check the schedule and make sure you don’t block the city’s sweeper when it comes around, like clockwork, at least once a month.


Why this widening? Because …

Written May 23rd, 2016 by Hasso Hering

On Saturday a couple of readers asked the Answer Man why Benton County was widening Robinhood Lane in North Albany. The Answer Man asked people who know, and now their replies are at hand.


 
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