A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Waiting for new bridge: three more years

Written August 6th, 2023 by Hasso Hering

Because it’s on my bike route, the decrepit bridge across Cox Creek on Waverly Drive in Albany has been on my mind for years. It should be replaced, but getting this done will take a while longer.

Fix this bridge? Yes, state plans to do so

Written March 19th, 2023 by Hasso Hering

With plenty of time on your hands, you can scroll through hundreds of pages of government documents such as, for instance, the latest draft of ODOT’s “STIP” for 2024-2027. And if you do, you might find a surprise.

A chance to learn something, destroyed!

Written December 7th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

For eight years people ambling along the Crox Creek Path in Albany have been able to read about the history of the area and the creekside land restoration project there. Until now.

Squatters’ hideouts cleared of underbrush

Written August 20th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

After a few days out of town, I found the landscape around Cox Creek and the Waverly Memorial Cemetery had a new look. Gone was the thicket of brambles and branches that camouflaged the vagrant encampments there in the past.

Good job: Cox Creek trash dump cleaned up

Written August 13th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

Before any more time time goes by, I would like to acknowledge the good job of cleaning up the bank of Cox Creek between the railroad tracks and Salem Avenue in Albany.

On Cox Creek, bridge replacement coming up

Written August 12th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

The contractor replacing the Union Pacific’s railroad bridge across Cox Creek is getting ready for the main event — tearing out the old wooden structure and installing the track on a new concrete deck.

Sorry, but the Cox Creek bridge again

Written July 21st, 2022 by Hasso Hering

I blew it in the video on the Cox Creek railroad bridge replacement that was featured in the story that ran here on July 18, before I killed it. As you can see, the timber trestle across the creek and path is still very much in place, contrary to what I said on that video […]

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