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HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Oregon, overrun by crowds

Written August 28th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

When you’re stuck in traffic, whether it’s stop-and-go on I-5 south of Portland or waiting through two cycles of a light on Ninth in Albany, you get the impression that Oregon just has way too many people. Or people with cars, anyway.


Slow down for wildlife, too

Written September 7th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Now that school is back in session, we’re supposed to be extra careful in watching out for little children in traffic. While we’re doing that, we might also want to watch out for wildlife, especially deer, meandering along our country roads.


Traffic beat: Our new “ovalabout”

Written April 21st, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Please check the update concerning the south bypass and Highway 34 at the bottom of this story. Things have been heating up on the traffic beat. On Monday and Tuesday motorists got stuck in, and complained about, heavy congestion between Corvallis and Albany, apparently brought on by construction work on the south bypass of Highway 34. And […]


Why they put up with this

Written March 23rd, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Why do ostensibly free people put up with congestion like this? Stick around and I’ll tell you why.


When you can’t see clearly or far

Written December 18th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

It wasn’t foggy in the valley Wednesday except on I-5. And there the gray blanket in the air wasn’t fog but the usual spray kicked up by traffic. Which made me wishing for the umpteenth time for better drainage on the freeway.


Blind spots in traffic

Written May 20th, 2013 by

Ever notice that street and traffic planners expect us to be able to see through objects and around corners? That’s the feeling you get driving around Albany and, I think, many other small towns with mostly narrow streets. Here’s an example of some kind of big utility box placed next to one of the driveways of […]

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