A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Puzzled by something at the Ellsworth Bridge

Written November 2nd, 2022 by Hasso Hering

On a bike ride last weekend I found myself under the Albany bridges over the Willamette River. That’s when I noticed a structural detail I had not seen before, something I wish somebody could explain.

ODOT adds cameras at key Albany junction

Written February 11th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

One of these days, and probably soon, drivers will be able to check before they start out if there’s congestion on Highway 20 at the junction with Spring Hill Drive in North Albany.

On the Ellsworth Bridge, no overhead lights

Written December 4th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

Driving into Albany on the Ellsworth Street Bridge on Friday night felt different, somehow. Then I saw the reason: All the overhead lights on the bridge were out, plunging the deck into darkness cut only by the headlights on the truck.

Taking a walk on the Ellsworth Street Bridge

Written June 30th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

Take a walk some time on the Ellsworth Street Bridge across the Willamette River in Albany and you’ll notice a thing or two. Or maybe not, so let me point them out.

Biking across the Ellsworth Street Bridge

Written March 11th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

If you’re going to ride a bike around Albany for any length of time, sooner or later you’re going to want to cross the Willamette River.

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.

Bridge repair: How much and who pays

Written June 5th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

Here’s an odd little fact about Albany’s Ellsworth Street Bridge, now undergoing nighttime repairs. If you ignore inflation — wish you could? — dealing with damaged overhead beams is costing more than was paid to build the bridge nearly a century ago.

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