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Traffic on 2nd: How much, how fast?

Written June 5th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Right about here, on Albany’s Second Avenue S.E., is where the city council wants to install a radar speed display sign in the hope of slowing drivers down. But first, the city wants to have good data on average speeds there now.


Narrowing a traffic artery: Brilliant!

Written October 7th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

I’d like to know what Albany’s streetscape designers were thinking when they decided to put chokepoints on the the main downtown thoroughfare, already hard-pressed to handle traffic during busy parts of the day.


Eclipse gridlock? Well, not here

Written August 20th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

On the eve of the total solar eclipse, where was the massive influx of many thousands of tourists that some had predicted for the Albany area? Maybe those thousands were around somewhere, but I didn’t see them.


Stuck in traffic: Get used to it

Written November 22nd, 2016 by Hasso Hering

Stuck once again in slow-moving traffic on Albany’s main drag, I’m wondering if this is ever going to get any better. The answer is no, it won’t. Not in the foreseeable future anyway. Instead, we’re bound to get delayed more often just like drivers in far bigger towns.


More signs to slow Spring Hill

Written May 25th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

More signs. That’s what Benton County will install to try to get traffic to slow down on Spring Hill Drive in the Albany city limits. Other steps to slow traffic might be more effective but would cost too much to install or maintain, the county concluded.


Traffic fixes: A couple of ideas

Written April 13th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

One of the advantages of living in a small town is supposed to be the lack of congestion. So how come in Albany we’re now spending so much time in stop-and-go traffic?


Close call at a blind corner

Written September 28th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

If you’re looking for a respite from bad news about politics and everything else that’s going wrong, you have come to the right place. This is the home of the mundane. Like blind corners on one of my bike routes along the Albany riverfront.


A shrub too far…

Written September 23rd, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Landscaping is a fine thing, sure. So is the occasional advertising gimmick, especially if it works. But why put either on corners where they keep drivers from having a clear view of what’s coming at them at 40 miles an hour or so?


Signal issue: “Old yellow or red…”

Written December 18th, 2013 by Hasso Hering

So, for lack of a more exciting topic at the moment, back to the traffic signals at Ninth Avenue and Lyon Street under Albany’s Pacific Boulevard overpass. As you can see here, another episode of waiting at the light on Dec. 17 yielded another snapshot of someone coming through the underpass after the signal on […]


Green light? Maybe the guy was right

Written October 4th, 2013 by

It’s been a few years now since a driver from out of town swore he got a raw deal when he got a ticket for going through a red light at the Albany underpass, at Ninth and Lyon. Now, based on observations such as the one above, I’m wondering if he was right. If memory serves, […]


 
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