A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Finding out why street is blocked

Written April 23rd, 2024 by Hasso Hering

Sometimes you wonder why something is there. Take, for example, these concrete blocks at the extreme eastern end of Water Avenue in Albany.

New speed limits: Expect little change

Written March 2nd, 2024 by Hasso Hering

If they haven’t already, Albany city crew members will shortly change speed limit signs on the Waverly Drive and Columbus Street corridor from Santiam Highway south to the city limit.

Lochner Road stays closed at its south end

Written February 24th, 2024 by Hasso Hering

Now is a great time to ride your bike down Lochner Road in south Albany, as I discovered Saturday. The reason is no cars.

More talk about Albany’s poor streets

Written January 22nd, 2024 by Hasso Hering

More than one-third of Albany’s streets are in poor condition, the city staff says. That’s 52 miles of pavement, and there is no money in the city budget to get them fixed.

At risk when we can’t see drivers’ eyes

Written October 31st, 2023 by Hasso Hering

Riding a bike and approaching intersections on Albany streets, it’s reassuring to see that drivers are looking at you and can see you. Too often, though, drivers are hidden because the side windows of their cars have a dark tint.

A city street user tax in distant future?

Written August 7th, 2023 by Hasso Hering

At City Hall, Albany officials are taking another stab at finding a way to pay for maintaining and repairing streets. It will take more than a year of meetings, discussions, and public “outreach.” Wish them luck, for the chance of solving this issue is small.

Why some Albany streets don’t get fixed

Written August 1st, 2023 by Hasso Hering

What more can be said about potholes on Albany streets, or more generally about why the city says it can’t repair those streets that seem to be mostly a collection of potholes and asphalt patches. We’re about to find out.

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