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A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette 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.

Not much room to pull off

Written January 22nd, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Another update from the freeway beat about that cable barrier being installed on I-5 from the Harrisburg exit toward Albany: I’m wondering about its placement fairly close to the left-hand lanes.

When you can’t see clearly or far

Written December 18th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

It wasn’t foggy in the valley Wednesday except on I-5. And there the gray blanket in the air wasn’t fog but the usual spray kicked up by traffic. Which made me wishing for the umpteenth time for better drainage on the freeway.

I-5 update: Barrier’s coming along

Written December 6th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

An update from the freeway beat: The contractor stringing a cable barrier up Interstate 5 appears to be moving faster than expected.

A barrier against freeway deaths

Written November 11th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

By next spring, Interstate 5 through the mid-Willamette Valley should have a cable barrier down the median to keep cars from crossing into the opposite lanes and killing someone.

On I-5: What’s my lane?

Written August 31st, 2014 by Hasso Hering

There is no shortage of lines marking the lanes in this spot on Interstate 5. The trick is to know which ones count. If it looks a little confusing at first glance, it really isn’t. And it also gives the lie, at least in Oregon, to the freely bandied-about allegation that we’re not keeping our roads […]

Council questions I-5 plan details

Written May 19th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Whether any of the changes proposed for Interstate 5 at the Santiam and Knox Butte interchanges in Albany ever get built is an open question. Still, the Albany City Council does not like some of the details and would like them at least looked at some more, and preferably changed, before they become part of any settled plans.

Freeway changes: Some questions

Written May 16th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

At first glance, the proposed changes that state highway planners have drafted for the Albany interchanges on Interstate 5 look complicated and costly. And it’s not clear to the average motorist how they’re going to improve the flow of traffic.

It was a cowardly crime (2nd update)

Written May 13th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Through a rain-spotted windshield, you and I are looking at the East Oregon or Cloverdale Road overpass on Interstate 5 in Creswell, south of Eugene. From there, before dawn on April 13, someone dropped a chunk of masonry, a cinderblock, which smashed into a vehicle below and injured a woman sitting in the passenger seat. If they catch […]

What’s up at Folsom Dam?

Written May 5th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

If you’re traveling on Interstate 5 the next two nights, you might see a huge truck carrying equipment south. ODOT announced the oversize trip on Monday. And it’s more interesting — to me anyway — than just a big rig going down I-5. The truck, 137 feet long, two lanes wide and more than 14 feet […]

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