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Street improvements related to the new Henshaw Farms subdivision at the corner of Ellingson and Columbus Street will require the full closure of Columbus Street south of the Mennonite Village at 53rd Street SE and north of Seven Mile Lane. 

More information will be posted to this page if necessary.

Start: 

March 22, 2021

End:

June 18, 2021
(Construction with flaggers on Columbus and Ellingson to be completed by early July 2021)

Contact: 

  • Aaron Hiemstra: 541-704-2325
  • Pete Hemmers: 541-791-0113 

The Central Albany Revitalization Area (CARA) Advisory Board approved funding for a downtown streetscape project that will beautify the downtown core with such improvements as new street lighting, sidewalks, and street trees.

The project was split into two phases to accommodate the opening of the new Albany Carousel Museum and help reduce the disruption to the downtown during construction.

The Public Works Department realizes construction will be very disruptive to the downtown during both phases of this project. We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding during construction and will do everything possible to reduce construction impacts. 

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For questions or concerns regarding this project, contact:

Lindsey Austin, Engineering Technician IV
City of Albany Public Works
541-917-7651
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Project Description

Phase 2

Phase 2 Construction Activity Map

Phase 2 includes these improvements:

Second and Third Avenues

  • New street lighting
  • New street trees
  • New street furniture
  • New sidewalks
  • New asphalt pavement
  • Water line replacement

Broadalbin Street

between Second and Third Avenues

This will look like the block of Broadalbin between First and Second Avenues.

  • New street lighting
  • New street trees
  • New street furniture
  • New stormwater quality planters
  • New sidewalks
  • New asphalt pavement

Lyon and Ellsworth Streets 

from First to Third Avenues
from Third to Eight Avenues
Street Trees

The street trees were removed during the first two months of 2017 in accordance with the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918. It was necessary for the street trees to be removed for one or more of these reasons:

  • They were nearing or had reached the end of their life span.
  • They were an unsuitable variety for an urban environment.
  • They conflicted with the new improvements.

The downtown will look somewhat bare but once Phase 2 is complete, about 12 new trees that are appropriate for urban environments will be planted in each block.

Phase 1

Completed May 2017

Phase 1 of the CARA Downtown Streetscape Project includes installing new sidewalk, asphalt pavement, and street trees around three frontages of the Albany Post Office. The Public Works Department is also replacing undersized water lines in the project area. The work will begin in early January 2017 and be completed by the end of March to coincide with the opening of the Carousel.

Phase 1 will also introduce back-in angled parking to the downtown with a total of 47 parking spaces.

Back-In Angled Parking Layout

The idea of back-in-angled parking may be new and different to some. However, it has been proven to be significantly safer in pedestrian- and bicycle-heavy areas and most successful along one-way streets. The area surrounding the Albany Post Office and Carousel is the perfect location for this type of parking because of heavy pedestrian traffic and one-way streets. 

Back-in angled parking creates significantly better visibility when pulling out of the space as the driver is looking forward into the lane and can see oncoming vehicles and bicycles without obstruction. Additional safety benefits come when car doors open; occupants of the vehicle can exit to the back of the vehicle toward the sidewalk and are shielded by the car doors instead of having to maneuver around them. This feature is especially beneficial for families with small children. Loading and unloading from the rear of a vehicle is also much easier with back-in parking as the trunk of the vehicle is facing the sidewalk. 

Back-in angled parking may take some getting used to for some but will create a safer and more efficient environment overall.

Explore this interactive mapping application to determine the status and location of projects in design or under construction within the City of Albany. The map provides information on public and private projects that impact public rights-of-way and infrastructure, as well as contact information should you have questions.

For questions regarding this map contact the City of Albany Public Works Department at (541) 917-7676.

The City of Albany recently retained the consulting firm David Evans and Associates to evaluate the current and anticipated future performance of the intersection at Crocker Lane and Gibson Hill Road and to identify alternatives (see report) for correcting deficiencies there.

The Albany City Council reviewed the report on March 21, 2016 and directed staff to conduct a series of public outreach activities to determine which intersection improvement alternative is preferred by North Albany residents. The first step in that process was an online survey. Notice of the survey was provided in the April 2016 edition of the City Bridges newsletter (17,000 plus recipients, released March 29, 2016) and through social media (over 3,000 likers/followers). After two weeks there were 326 responses. Many responses included comments and questions that have been addressed by staff. The survey results are summarized on this page. 

City staff will hold an open house on this topic from 4:00 - 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, 2016 in the Council Chambers at Albany City Hall, 333 Broadalbin Street SW.  The purpose of the open house is to provide an opportunity for residents to learn more about the various intersection alternatives and provide feedback.  No new information will be presented at the open house; it is primarily an opportunity for you to ask questions of staff and the City’s consultant about this project.  If you are unable to attend but have questions or comments that you want to be heard, please send them via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  All comments provided in the online survey, at the open house, and by email will be provided to the City Council. 

Next Steps

  • Open house, Tuesday, April 26, 2016, from 4:00 - 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at Albany City Hall, 333 Broadalbin Street SW.
  • Staff will combine survey results and public comments into a report to the City Council.
  • The Council will then consider the public input and identify their preferred intersection treatment.
  • No decisions have been made about when improvements to the intersection will be made; available funding is limited and the community has competing transportation needs.
  • Once the preferred alternative is identified, the Council will need to consider these funding limitations and competing needs before scheduling construction.

Summary of Results

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The Gibson Hill Road and Crocker Lane intersection is a three-leg “T” intersection with stop-control on the Crocker Lane approach. The intersection is located in North Albany, and connects residential areas to the north to an east-west connection between rural lands and an urban center. Crittenden Loop intersects Gibson Hill Road 160 ft to the east of the intersection with Crocker Lane. As development continues in the area, traffic volumes at the intersection with Crocker Lane are anticipated to grow leaving residents concerned with increasing delays and worsening conditions for bike and pedestrian crossings of Gibson Hill Road. These concerns have prompted the City of Albany to consider traffic control improvement alternatives at this intersection. The City of Albany and Benton County Transportation System Plans both recommend the improvement of Gibson Hill Road to an urban minor arterial with improved traffic control at the intersection with Crocker Lane.

Alternatives Considered and Evaluated:

Alternative 1:
All-Way Stop Control

1

Alternative 2:
Single Lane Traffic Signal

2

Alternative 3:
Traffic Signal with Turn Lanes

3

Alternative 4:
Modern Roundabout

4

Give your feedback to City Council

Survey closes April 7, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.

Alternative 5:
Mini Roundabout

5

 
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