HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

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.


Message on bridges: The rest of the story

Written May 26th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

So what’s this bridge work that ODOT is telling us about on message boards at Albany’s two Willamette River crossings? In short, it’s a matter of fixing damaged beams on the Ellsworth Street span.


On the blink: Ellsworth bike-on-bridge lights

Written March 19th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

[youtube video=”GcV6ib2c9m8″] Crossing the Ellsworth Street Bridge in Albany on a bicycle can be a bit of a thrill. To make it less risky, ODOT installed a system of flashing lights when the bridge was rehabilitated in 2002. (To make a long story short, the lights are out but were supposed to be fixed shortly, […]


Alternate route? No, but a nice drive

Written June 19th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Not an “alternate route” to Albany exactly, but much more scenic.If you signed up for email alerts from the Albany police, you got this “traffic advisory” at 4:19 Tuesday afternoon: “Hwy 20 between North Albany Rd and 1st Avenue limited to single lane traffic due to diesel spill. Use alternate routes.”


The Bikman penthouse: a closer look

Written February 23rd, 2017 by Hasso Hering

For decades, the penthouse atop the Bikman Building has intrigued people who glimpse it from afar as they come into downtown Albany on the Ellsworth Street Bridge. This week I finally got a closer look.


Looking up: Something’s not right

Written November 27th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

Wanting to take a look at the level of the Willamette River after several days of rain on Thanksgiving Day, I found myself at Takena Landing and looked up. Not a pretty sight, I would say.


 
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