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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.


Trouble spot on 20 waits for a fix

Written August 22nd, 2017 by Hasso Hering

This is where Independence Highway runs into U.S. 20, the Albany Corvallis Highway. It’s a tricky place for making left turns on to 20, toward Albany, as one of these trucks is waiting to do.


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.


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 […]


ODOT’s solution: Striping or warnings

Written December 4th, 2013 by Hasso Hering

The left-turn collision on Highway 20 at Independence Highway on Tuesday (Dec. 3), in which one driver was cited for running the stop sign on Independence and was seriously injured, reminds everyone that there’s a problem. And ODOT knows it.


 
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