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Hyacinth train tracks set for fix

Last year we reported that Union Pacific was preparing to repair its train track crossing on Hyacinth Street NE. A poster to the feature said a “huge pothole with metal plates and bolts” caused this person a flat tire and broken motor mount. Coming east from Keizer, that’s the second one just prior to reaching Portland Road NE.A City of Salem representative said the railroad was to fix the issue in October 2011. That date has come and gone, and now the company said the crossing will be replaced the week of April 2. Hyacinth will close from April 2-6, with local access from Portland Road NE to 25th Avenue NE and from Salem Parkway to Salem Industrial Drive NE.

“We have begun notifying area businesses,” added Aaron Hunt, director of corporate relations and media at Union Pacific.

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– Jason Cox

Dog park reopens soon, hopefully

UPDATED: Keizer Rapids Dog Park reopens Saturday, March 24.
The park was closed in early February for maintenance and renovation. City staff announced this week the park reopen at the end of this week or first part of next week, weather dependent. In the meantime, dogs must be on leashes throughout the rest of the park.

– Jason Cox