Crosshatch idea gored

The in basket: Glen Adrig, the assistant state coordinator for the AARP Driver Safety Program, said in September, “I noticed today that the gore lines separating lanes at the southbound Highway 304 (Navy Yard Highway) and the Highway 3 merge point have just been repainted for the winter season. 
”Why doesn’t the Department of Transportation put at least a few cross hatch lines between the gore lines, to keep the southbound traffic from illegally crossing over the lines before it is safe to make their merge,” he asked.


The in basket: Glen Adrig, the assistant state coordinator for the AARP Driver Safety Program, said in September, “I noticed today that the gore lines separating lanes at the southbound Highway 304 (Navy Yard Highway) and the Highway 3 merge point have just been repainted for the winter season. 
”Why doesn’t the Department of Transportation put at least a few cross hatch lines between the gore lines, to keep the southbound traffic from illegally crossing over the lines before it is safe to make their merge,” he asked. “The purpose of the gore line is to make sure that traffic is traveling parallel for a period of time, in order to prevent drivers from making unsafe lane changes. Drivers in general are mostly unaware that crossing the gore lines too soon is a traffic offense, and could cost them a ticket. 
”Are a few painted lines or reflectors between merge point gore lines just too expensive for the state to fund?”
The out basket: I watched in my rear view mirror the other day as a tandem dump truck cut across the gore lines, moving from inside lane to outside lane.
I can imagine why. He saw a break in traffic that might not be repeated for a vehicle his size between there and Gorst, so he went for it. I don’t think other drivers I’ve seen do it have such a good excuse. Since mostly they move from inside to outside, they’re not even trying to get into the faster lane. The motivation stumps me. And it is an illegal maneuver.
That said, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a near-collision as a result of such a premature lane change at that location.
Steve Bennett of the Olympic Region highway engineering staff replies, “The collision history in this area does not show a problem that would warrant this additional striping. We do not feel it is worth the time for our striping crew to maintain cross-hatching there, given other striping priorities.”

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