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Deaths spur action on I-5 barrier

Written October 24th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

It was in October 2012, almost exactly two years ago, that I wrote in my newly launched blog about ODOT installing a $2.6 milllion cable barrier in the median along 35 miles of I-5 in Lane and Linn counties, up to the Harrisburg exit. And I complained that while the state planned to extend this safety feature […]


Overpass: Archives yield its cost

Written October 4th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

When, on Sept. 19, I wrote about the 75-year anniversary this year of the Albany railroad overpass, I didn’t know important details such as how much it cost to build. Now, thanks to ODOT spokesman Rick Little, I am better informed.


Rail solution around the corner

Written September 2nd, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Once again waiting at the Queen Avenue railroad crossing in Albany last week, I was wondering — and who wouldn’t be? — about when the Portland & Western would finally begin to use its new track nearby. On Tuesday I got news from Kevin Haugh, the railroad’s general manager in Salem. And it sounded good.


Hwy. 34 loses ‘safety’ label

Written July 17th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

There was good news and bad news — and then some more good news — in the latest announcement from ODOT concerning Oregon Highway 34 from Interstate 5 to the Corvallis Bypass.


UP permit issue stalls new path

Written June 6th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

If you’re anxiously waiting for that new bike and walking path under the Pacific Boulevard overpass — and even if you’re not — you’re going to have to wait a while longer. Construction was to have started in May. But nothing’s going on at the site. The reason: The project apparently needs a permit from the […]


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.


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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