HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Albany panels favor ‘bike boulevard’ idea

Written March 2nd, 2021 by Hasso Hering

Two Albany advisory commissions would like the city to go ahead and improve Madison Street from Pacific Boulevard to First Avenue as a “bicycle boulevard.”


On this island, you’re surrounded by cars

Written January 14th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

With time on my hands, it occurred to me today that there was a place in Albany where I could not recall ever having been.


On the curves of Hwy. 34, a sign upgrade

Written December 25th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

This is a curve advisory speed sign on OR 34, and ODOT says it wants to upgrade signs like this between Waldport and Philomath starting in 2021. But how will they keep this change from giving drivers the wrong idea?


Slow going at the Queen Ave. crossing

Written May 11th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

Waiting at Albany’s Queen Avenue railroad crossing gives you plenty of time to contemplate one of the riddles of our time, such as why it takes ODOT so many years to get going on a simple project that doesn’t seem all that necessary in the first place.


How state intends to fix Hwy. 20 junctions

Written November 18th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

ODOT is inching ahead with plans for safety upgrades on the Albany-Corvallis Highway, and here is the agency’s concept for improving the junctions at Granger Road and Independence Highway.


On the blink: Ellsworth bike-on-bridge lights

Written March 19th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

[youtube video=”GcV6ib2c9m8″] Crossing the Ellsworth Street Bridge in Albany on a bicycle can be a bit of a thrill. To make it less risky, ODOT installed a system of flashing lights when the bridge was rehabilitated in 2002. (To make a long story short, the lights are out but were supposed to be fixed shortly, […]


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.


 
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