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HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Cyclists at the ‘gore:’ What to do now?

Written December 3rd, 2018 by Hasso Hering

That’s an awkward place for a bike lane to end, and apparently I’m not alone in thinking so. Someone made the same point to the Albany Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission.


On the highway Sunday afternoon

Written March 18th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Here’s what I was talking about a few days ago, when I was singing the blues about trucks on the interstate passing each other and taking their sweet time about getting back in the right lane.


The same old Interstate Blues

Written March 16th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Without trucks we wouldn’t eat, or have many of the things we do have. I know that. Truckers are making a living. I know that too. But do they really have to pass each other all that much, holding up the rest of the traffic on I-5?


A change in speed? Hard to see

Written November 17th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

From the photos I took Wednesday afternoon and Friday morning, it’s tempting to conclude that raising the speed limit for trucks by 5 miles an hour has cleared Interstate 5 of 18-wheelers. Obviously not, but still …


Median cables prove their worth

Written January 25th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

The median cable barrier installed on Interstate 5 a year ago is working, judging by this Oregon State Police photo Monday. Now if we could only get drivers to pay constant attention, the barrier and other preventative measures would be needed less often.


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 […]


On I-5 now, patience is a virtue

Written April 2nd, 2015 by Hasso Hering

You may have read the stories this week about an increase in truck traffic in Oregon, and how it reflects a comeback in the economy after the slump of the last few years. That sounds like good news — unless you happen to be driving up Interstate 5 when the freeway is clogged with 18-wheelers […]


Why they put up with this

Written March 23rd, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Why do ostensibly free people put up with congestion like this? Stick around and I’ll tell you why.


On the road, a flashy “stop”

Written March 16th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Part of the fun of taking a road trip is in stopping in the towns along the way and taking a look around. I did that a couple of days ago in Williams, a town about halfway between Sacramento and Redding in the Sacramento Valley.


Why so close? Now we know

Written January 27th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Why is ODOT placing the new median cable barrier on I-5 so close to the fast lanes in both directions, south and north? Thanks to Rick Little, the answer is at hand.


 
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