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Placing base rock in the parking lot area north of Hickory StreetConstruction of a new park-and-ride facility in North Albany started on September 24, 2012.  Pacific Excavation, Inc. of Eugene, Oregon, was awarded the $449,128 contract and is working hard to complete the work by the end of the year.

The new facility will replace the current location at the gravel parking area on Hickory Street behind Tom's Garden Center.  It is on the City-owned property at the northwest corner of North Albany Road and Hickory Street.  Buses will load along Hickory Place on the west side of the site, then use a new turnaround lane at the end of the cul-de-sac to go back out to Hickory Street.

Spreading base rock in the bus turnaround lane at the north end of Hickory PlaceThe completed park-and-ride will have a paved parking lot for 33 vehicles, a small plaza for waiting and boarding, concrete sidewalks, and interior walkways.  The facility will be lighted at night and have attractive landscaping that includes several varieties of trees, bushes, and groundcover.  Two bus shelters, benches, and bike lockers that the City already owns will be installed in the plaza after the contractor has completed all of the paving and walkways.  The new park-and-ride should be in service by early 2013.