HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Upcoming: Truck speed decision

Written July 20th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

Getting stuck behind one slow 18-wheeler passing another on the freeway made me wonder whatever happened to this year’s proposal to raise the speed limit for trucks. We’ll get the answer to that question in a couple of months.


A question of speed and cost

Written January 22nd, 2016 by Hasso Hering

No, ODOT says, the new signs announcing higher speed limits on highways east of the Cascades are not quite as expensive as officials had projected. Still, getting ready for the speed change authorized by the 2015 legislature is not a simple matter of just putting up new signs where the old ones used to be.

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I-5 expansion: A ‘change in direction’

Written June 20th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

For the last 10 years or so, ODOT engineers and others have been planning how to make Interstate 5 function better in the Albany area, and last year they published a comprehensive plan covering the six miles from Santiam Highway to the South Jefferson interchange. Now they realize they’ll never get the money to do […]


Traffic jams on I-5: More signs?

Written April 15th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

In reaction to a massive traffic jam Sunday, ODOT has asked drivers to avoid a work zone on Interstate 5 south of Cottage Grove during peak traffic periods or to find alternate routes. Unfortunately, there are no practical alternatives, so ODOT might want to try something else to help drivers either avoid or cope with […]


Deaths spur action on I-5 barrier

Written October 24th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

It was in October 2012, almost exactly two years ago, that I wrote in my newly launched blog about ODOT installing a $2.6 milllion cable barrier in the median along 35 miles of I-5 in Lane and Linn counties, up to the Harrisburg exit. And I complained that while the state planned to extend this safety feature […]


Fast and legal (but not here)

Written October 1st, 2013 by

The last time I was moving — being moved, rather — at more than 100 miles an hour was Monday in seat 4D of a Canadair regional jet on the runway at the Eugene Airport. A day before, it was on a German autobahn in the back seat of a BMW driven by my nephew. We were […]


Grateful for rest areas

Written August 31st, 2013 by

Thank God and ODOT for highway rest areas! And lately, let’s also thank Oregon Travel Experience, the quasi-public organization the legislature gave the authority and a modest budget from ODOT to manage 20 rest areas so far, including some of those on Interstates 5 and 84. On I-5, Oregon Travel Experience manages three rest stops: Baldock near Wilsonville, […]


A dog’s life on I-5

Written May 20th, 2013 by

  This is not the recommended way to transport a dog, I would say, not at freeway speeds on Interstate 5 anyway. This dog looked pretty excited, running from one side of the truck bed to the other and back again.  As near as I could tell, it was tied to something with a leash […]

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Old growth(?) going south

Written May 19th, 2013 by

  OK, I know that when you’re on the road behind the wheel, you should pay attention only to the driving. Especially on Interstate 5. But sometimes you see something you wonder about and want to catch an image of it. For instance, what about these massive logs hurtling down the freeway on their way […]


 
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