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HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

A traffic change: Dotted line turns solid

Written December 13th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

ODOT has followed through on changing an important lane marking on Ellsworth Street between Eighth and Ninth avenues. Now let’s see if Albany drivers get the hint.


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.


Those bumps on Lyon: the fix is coming

Written November 21st, 2018 by Hasso Hering

The new pavement on the Highway 20 couplet in downtown Albany has but one little flaw: Some of the manhole covers ended up way below the surface, making for a slightly bumpy ride. But they’re working on a fix.


Will this tricky corner ever be fixed?

Written October 23rd, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Once again, on Tuesday morning, a log truck spilled its load while turning from Spring Hill Drive on Highway 20 toward the Ellsworth Street bridge. When will ODOT do something about this corner, tricky because of its steep downhill turn.


Take the lane, those symbols say

Written September 24th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

“They must be kidding” was my thought when I first laid eyes on this new symbol in the middle of the right-hand travel lane of Albany’s Ellsworth Street downtown. But they’re not. Kidding, that is.


More lanes? Don’t hold your breath

Written August 19th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Watching northbound traffic creeping along on I-5 made me wonder what’s happening with the long-standing plans for third lanes. The answer is not much, other than continued planning, which moves much slower than even the traffic on a summer Sunday afternoon.


Fresh crosswalk lines, but why now?

Written August 8th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

A reader, Larry Falk, was wondering last week why ODOT was painting crosswalks on Lyon and Ellsworth even though both legs of the downtown Albany couplet of Highway 20 will be repaved next month. Evidently it was a mistake.


Are we there yet? Not quite, but close

Written July 18th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Wondering when — or indeed if — street work in downtown Albany will ever be finished? The answer is Friday, sort of.


A new traffic signal, needed or not

Written July 6th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

A year and a half ago, the Albany City Council was pressured into spending nearly half a million dollars on a new traffic signal that nobody except ODOT thinks is necessary. On Wednesday the council will be asked to complete that action by awarding a bid.


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 […]


 
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