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Nice bike lanes; why so short?

Written October 5th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

Independence Highway in Benton County has a nice new surface, and a section of the road is wider too, prompting a reader’s question for which the Answer Man hastened to obtain a response.


Wider shoulders: Maybe next year

Written September 23rd, 2016 by Hasso Hering

Another bike-related update: We’ll have to wait at least another year before Benton County restores the wide shoulders that disappeared from a section of Independence Highway last year. And yes, it does matter to everybody on the road.


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.


Recommendation: Scrap Spring Hill oval

Written October 7th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

The Benton County Public Works staff has reviewed the small oval “roundabout” at Spring Hill Drive and Quarry Road and is now recommending that it be removed and not replaced with a bigger one that is actually round. North Albany resident Chuck Kratch had been asking for just that.


That Spring Hill traffic oval …

Written August 27th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

There’s no end to the fascination we seem to have with traffic roundabouts, either for or against. Take, for example, that little traffic circle — an oval, actually — on Albany’s Spring Hill Drive at Quarry Road.


Lines on Independence: Oops!

Written August 20th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

On Sunday I wondered where “the bike lane” went and complained that it was gone. Now I can report that Benton County obliterated it by mistake and intends to make it good next summer or late spring.


Benton creek gets a new conduit

Written June 12th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Drivers on Independence Highway in Benton County may have noticed two sections of steel culvert parked at the county stockpile site on Independence and Ryals Avenue. Next week the county plans to install them to replace what it says is a failed culvert where the highway crosses Bowers Slough, a few hundred yards south of […]


Albany-Corvallis trail: There’s hope!

Written March 25th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Good news on the bicycling front: The proposed cycling and walking path between Albany and Corvallis has finally moved from being a mere dream to the realm of the possible. I’ve written about that trail for 10 years or more and hoped I might be able to use it some day. Now it’s possible it could be built in […]


 
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