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What’s that construction on Old Salem?

Written May 28th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

A sheet of plastic protects the new concrete sidewalk on Old Salem Road in Millersburg on May 27.

If they want to walk from Millersburg to Albany, or the other way, one of these days people will have a paved sidewalk to make the trip. A segment of nearly seven-tenths of a mile is under construction now.

Millersburg resident Peggy Richner noticed the work and asked me what was going on. For the answer I turned to Linn County Roadmaster Darrin Lane.

“The project on Old Salem Road … is a sidewalk infill and ADA upgrade project funded through the Albany Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (AAMPO),” Lane wrote in an email. “The work area extends from just south of Knox Butte Avenue to the existing sidewalk at ATI.

“The purpose is to eventually complete an ADA compliant pedestrian way from Millersburg’s south city limits to the existing sidewalk north of the Willamette Memorial Cemetery. We do not currently have funding identified for the remaining sections but will be working with Millersburg and ODOT to get the entire project completed. ODOT has jurisdiction of a portion of Old Salem Road near the interchange.”

In early March, Linn County awarded the sidewalk contract to Brown Contracting Inc. of Eugene for about $470,000, the lowest of four bids. The job is supposed to be complete by Aug. 14, 2020.

There might not be much foot traffic along that section of Old Salem now, but maybe that will change in the hundred years or so that this concrete sidewalk will last. (hh)

5 responses to “What’s that construction on Old Salem?”

  1. Peggy Richner says:

    Thank you for that information. Much appreciated, Hasso.

  2. thomas cordier says:

    Once again mandated requirements are generally of no real value

  3. Mike Ely says:

    Great addition to a long-term vision. One piece at a time for walkability and bikeability. Way to go Albany!

  4. Rachel La Brasseur says:

    Lol I like it! 100 yrs or so this sidewalk will last! I hope there’s no trees around the vicinity of the sidewalk! How about a sidewalk throughout Geary st? Is there just too much actual usage of that for foot traffic to deem reasonable?

  5. Bill McLagan says:

    As an occasional biker on Old Salem Road, I will really appreciate the option of using the completed sidewalk. It would be nice if we had a bike path somewhere else, say west of the Burlington Northern railroad line, but we don’t, so will have to do with Old Salem as the only route between Millersburg an Albany.


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