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Will ‘scenic’ label ruin Highway 34?

Written May 6th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Driving on the Alsea Highway through the Coast Range is a blast — especially when there’s no one else on the road except some vultures having a roadkill snack. So why did ODOT have to spoil it, maybe, by calling it a “scenic byway”? The Oregon transportation department made the announcement last week. There are […]


The cleanup never ends

Written January 23rd, 2018 by Hasso Hering

The wasteland under the Pacific Boulevard viaduct is not exactly Albany’s garden spot. Vagrants have turned it into a dump where repeated cleanups have to be done.


Road user fee goes up too

Written December 30th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

Oregon’s low-key experiment with charging road users by the mile continues, and on Monday the fee goes up in order to keep up with the jump in the state gas tax.

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Truck speed change approved

Written September 27th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

Will raising the speed limit for trucks make a difference on Oregon freeways? We’ll find out as soon as ODOT gets around to completing the paperwork and installing new signs.


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.


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.


Truck stop work: Not yet, but soon

Written June 20th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

It takes a while to get legions of ODOT officials to sign off on the details of work on the highway system, which explains why nothing has yet happened on construction of a Love’s truck stop in Millersburg. But the wait is due to end next month.


More bulbouts, and a question

Written May 29th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

The official name, I think, is sidewalk extensions. But you can also call them bulbouts. They’ve been a favorite of street planners for years, and Albany is getting a bunch more as part of the CARA streetscape project that’s going to start in June.


Road-user-fee bill stalls in Salem

Written May 18th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

Legislators seem to be in no hurry to expand OReGO, the state’s per-mile road tax program, or to make it mandatory in a few years. A bill to do both was heard by the House transportation committee on March 15 but has seen no action since.


Tricky signal tests patience on Pacific

Written March 24th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

What’s the deal with the Hill Street traffic signal on Pacific Boulevard? Sometimes this signal on one of Albany’s busiest streets seems to delight in teasing drivers by giving them a green light for only a few seconds at a time. And when traffic is heavy, it may take three or more phases to get through.


 
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