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Residents divided over plan to fix flooding in Albany neighborhood

July 10, 2019 07:16 PM

ALBANY - If you're familiar with Albany, you know flooding in the Hackett Boulevard area can be a big problem. However, the city has a plan to hopefully alleviate some of that.

Ramsey Place is getting an overhaul, with improved drainage and storm water storage, but some people are not happy about it at all.

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Thirty-nine streets head down to Hackett Boulevard. This is the only one slated so far for these improvements.

Many people who live there feel they're being targeted by the city and their voices aren't being heard. The city says they have to start somewhere.

The project - which is being paid for by a grant given to the Albany Water Department, includes a narrowing of the road by three feet on each side.

Nineteen trees are being taken down, most of which the Water Department says are dying anyway, and 43 new trees will be planted to help absorb storm water.

Porous pavement will be poured along the edges as the entire street will be repaved. Currently at 40 feet wide, this is one of the widest residential streets in the city.

However, those against it have been fighting it for two years now.

The commissioner of the Water Department says they've listened to concerns and tweaked their plans to accommodate some of them. However, he says this final plan is moving forward.

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