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On Spring Hill Drive on Wednesday afternoon

Written April 10th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

[youtube video=”cJaIJrPpn58″] A short section of Spring Hill Drive in North Albany was under water Wednesday, but not so deep that the Albany Fire Department could not drive through it to transport someone to the hospital.


20-mph zone on Waverly will be trimmed

Written February 25th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Efforts by some Albany residents to modify or eliminate the school speed zone on Waverly Drive have ended in a partial success. The city council Monday agreed with a staff recommendation to reduce the length of the zone by about two-thirds.


Fairmount speed zone: Here’s why

Written September 25th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

Children generally don’t walk to Fairmount School on Spring Hill Drive in North Albany, so why is there a 20 mph school speed zone? Because now and then, one of them might run.


Traffic-easing solutions worth trying

Written March 31st, 2017 by Hasso Hering

See that long line of traffic on the other side of the signal, heading into Albany on Highway 20? The traffic jam extended a long way to the west, and it’s a common thing now on most afternoons. There is no easy solution — other than less traffic — but ODOT might help by making […]


Radar speed signs prove effective

Written December 23rd, 2016 by Hasso Hering

New radar speed signs have been checking drivers on North Albany’s Spring Hill Drive for about a month, and indications are they are working as intended to slow traffic down.


Slow on Spring Hill: Here’s why

Written October 3rd, 2016 by Hasso Hering

How come, a reader wanted to know, “the school zone signs on Spring Hill for Fairmount went up again last week after being gone for two to three years.” The question about the change in North Albany came in over the weekend, and now the answer is at hand.


More signs to slow Spring Hill

Written May 25th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

More signs. That’s what Benton County will install to try to get traffic to slow down on Spring Hill Drive in the Albany city limits. Other steps to slow traffic might be more effective but would cost too much to install or maintain, the county concluded.


For trucks and others, a risky spot

Written May 6th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

You’re looking (as though you can’t tell) at the curve of Highway 20 leading up to Albany’s Ellsworth Street Bridge, where Spring Hill Drive comes in from the left. The intersection has been of concern because while its steep bank is helpful to drivers on the highway, it’s a tipping hazard for trucks making a left from Spring Hill. […]


Bad news on the street beat

Written October 9th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

The latest from the local transportation beat, where I seem to be stuck lately: North Albany drivers like the dual left-turn lanes from Spring Hill Drive on to Highway 20, but ODOT does not, and so the lanes will probably have to go. That’s the gist of a memo that has gone to the Albany City Council ahead […]


Recommendation: Scrap Spring Hill oval

Written October 7th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

The Benton County Public Works staff has reviewed the small oval “roundabout” at Spring Hill Drive and Quarry Road and is now recommending that it be removed and not replaced with a bigger one that is actually round. North Albany resident Chuck Kratch had been asking for just that.


 
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