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Work upgrades trestle on P&W line

Written January 23rd, 2018 by Hasso Hering

For weeks there’s been heavy construction on the Portland & Western’s long trestle bridge across the Calapooia River and its floodplain outside Albany. The work is upgrading and strengthening the structure and will probably make it last many decades more.

On the riverfront: Stuff’s going on

Written October 11th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

Things have been quiet on my waterfront beat, but there’s stuff going on, mainly including the installation of a new and improved railroad crossing at Water Avenue and Hill Street, a main entrance to the Edgewater Village development.

Queen crossing on state’s agenda

Written August 12th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

The Oregon Transportation Commission is poised to approve a project to make Albany’s Queen Avenue railroad crossing safer and, for cars, smoother. But it won’t deal with traffic delays when the gates are down.

Queen crossing to remain bumpy

Written July 31st, 2017 by Hasso Hering

Albany’s busiest railroad crossing on Queen Avenue will be improved for safety one of these days. But it won’t be soon, and when it’s done it will still be a bumpy ride for cars.

Why the path would be better

Written January 27th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

A day after the Albany City Council narrowly confirmed its longstanding commitment to an off-highway bikeway from Spring Hill to Scenic Drive, I got on my bike and took another look at how things are now.

Trestle crashes: No more excuses

Written January 19th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

There were never any good excuses for trucks hitting the trestle on Albany’s First Avenue, and as the video shows (after some wobbles inherent in one-handed videography while steering a bike) that’s even more true now that bright new flashing lights have been installed as an additional warning.

Crunched canopy: Not a simple case

Written January 12th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

It’s been a couple of months since a passing railroad maintenance truck got too close and mangled the canopy over the old entrance to the former St. Francis Hotel. The owner says the Portland & Western is ready to pay for fixing the damage to this downtown Albany landmark, but getting it done appears to be more complicated […]

If it moves, get out of the way

Written November 1st, 2016 by Hasso Hering

If this train had been moving, it would have been pretty stupid to be standing here taking its photo. But, having crossed the Willamette River on the Albany rail bridge, the train was parked on the track just short of Second Avenue. What an opportunity to take closer look!

Truck-eating trestle gets council look

Written August 28th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

For the first time that I can remember, the Albany City Council has talked about the truck-munching trestle on First Avenue and whether anything could — or should — be done about it.

RR bridge could use a facelift

Written August 21st, 2016 by Hasso Hering

The Portland & Western Railroad is asking people to let the company know if there are any problems at the point where its Willamette River bridge also crosses the Dave Clark Path. I haven’t noticed any problems, let alone emergencies, but a suggestion regarding the bridge itself might not be out of place.

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