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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

326 survey responses were submitted.

The tally of first choice preferences of those who indicated one were as follows:

  1. Modern roundabout: 128
  2. Signal with Turn Lanes: 63
  3. Mini roundabout: 52
  4. Single Lane Signal: 46
  5. All-Way Stop: 38

Public comments made through the survey are available here

This is how survey respondents ranked the intersection options: 

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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