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Dark corner: City working to get it lit

Written November 29th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

A question about a poorly lighted South Albany intersection, potentially dangerous to pedestrians using the crosswalk these dark winter nights, has not fallen on deaf ears at City Hall. Instead, Albany Public Works is working on a fix.


Albany talks bond issue, utility fee for streets

Written August 26th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

There’s a good chance the Albany City Council will ask voters in 2020 to approve a bond issue to pay for reconstructing half a dozen streets including Albany Avenue. Voters might also be asked to decide on an extra monthly utility fee to pay for street maintenance and repairs.


Albany searches for street funding ideas

Written June 10th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

[youtube video=”r2l_p-XQfoU” rel=”0″] 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 upgrade 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 the council wants to accomplish how much.


 
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