HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Where courtesy and common sense combine

Written June 14th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

For years, there’s been a bike lane on First Avenue in downtown Albany. But the lane disappears at Lyon Street, leaving motorists and the occasional cyclist to work out a traffic pattern on the spot.


Street scene: Why that ‘center’ line is off center

Written May 11th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

Why, Bill McLagan wanted to know, did they restripe Seventh Avenue near Hill Street in Albany some years ago so the center line was no longer in the center? Good question. If you notice it at all, it certainly looks odd.


Two-way streets downtown? Forget about it!

Written January 4th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

Turning First and Second avenues in downtown Albany into two-way streets is not in the cards, not now and probably never, judging by what the city’s Traffic Safety Commission heard this morning.


Why Gibson Hill signals are still dark

Written November 19th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

There is a reason why the new traffic signals at Crocker Lane and Gibson Hill Road in North Albany aren’t working even though the installation looks finished. And you won’t be surprised that the blame, like for everything else, falls on Covid-19.


When you wish for another lane, or bridge

Written August 22nd, 2020 by Hasso Hering

Most of the time, the 95-year-old Ellsworth Street Bridge on the Willamette River works just fine, but sometimes you wish it had another lane, or Albany had another bridge.


Six ways to ease congestion on Hwy. 20

Written February 7th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

If you’re stuck in the occasional afternoon traffic jams on Highway 20 before crossing the Willamette River, you’ll be interested in ideas for increasing the road’s capacity in the next few years.


Suggestion: Make this bulb-out easier to see

Written March 17th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

A citizen last month asked the Albany City Council to make one of the new Ellsworth Street bulb-outs easier for people in cars to see. So far though, nothing’s been done.


 
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