A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Old Cox Creek RR bridge comes out

Written August 14th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

At the Union Pacific’s crossing of Cox Creek in Albany, the process of lifting off the old bridge and putting the new one in its place was about halfway through when I stopped there on Sunday afternoon.

On Cox Creek, bridge replacement coming up

Written August 12th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

The contractor replacing the Union Pacific’s railroad bridge across Cox Creek is getting ready for the main event — tearing out the old wooden structure and installing the track on a new concrete deck.

Sorry, but the Cox Creek bridge again

Written July 21st, 2022 by Hasso Hering

I blew it in the video on the Cox Creek railroad bridge replacement that was featured in the story that ran here on July 18, before I killed it. As you can see, the timber trestle across the creek and path is still very much in place, contrary to what I said on that video […]

New target for reloading center: September

Written July 9th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

From time to time someone asks about the cause of the delay in completion of the truck-to-train reloading center in Millersburg that was supposed to be open by now. It’s because of a pipeline.

The mess on Cox Creek got worse

Written June 28th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

The bike and I took the Cox Creek Path in Albany on Tuesday to see if the Union Pacific had made any progress replacing its trestle across the creek and the path. The video below, with bonus footage of a passing train, shows what I found.

If you build a wall, somebody will spray it

Written June 27th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

The south leg of the walking and bike path between Albany Station and Swanson Park was built in 2015. Ever since then, the concrete blocks of the path’s retaining wall have proved irresistible to vandals with their spray cans.

UP’s bridge job on Cox Creek: $2.2 million

Written June 17th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

In case you haven’t had enough yet of this Cox Creek railroad project, here’s more. Today I heard from Aaron Hunt, senior director of public affairs for the Union Pacific in Portland.

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