Why does Highway 3 jog sideways near Luoto Road?

The in basket: Forrest Butler of Kingston thinks I should revisit the reason that both the southbound and northbound lanes of Highway 3 just north of Luoto Road jog slightly sideways.
“Were the engineers responsible
for each section too stubborn to admit one or the other was
off in their calculations?” he asked, before I sent him the real reason.


The in basket: Forrest Butler of Kingston thinks I should revisit the reason that both the southbound and northbound lanes of Highway 3 just north of Luoto Road jog slightly sideways.
“Were the engineers responsible
for each section too stubborn to admit one or the other was
off in their calculations?” he asked, before I sent him the real reason.
The out basket: I haven’t discussed this since 2003, when Bill Couch asked about it and I discovered all kinds of readers had noticed it and had their speculations about its cause. Many were of the same “somebody goofed” frame of mind as Forrest.
I had never noticed the jog until Bill pointed it out.
Anyway, I got the explanation from past state project engineer Mel Holgerson, who was overseeing local highway work about that time.
The freeway up to Luoto was completed a few years before it was extended north of there. The federal government was lavishing all kinds of Trident impact money on the area during construction of the southern portion. When it came time to push the freeway north to Poulsbo, money was tighter.
So, Mel told me, the designers made the freeway narrower to save money on the bridges that would cross it at Sherman Hill and Finn Hill roads, and to reduce the amount of earth that had to be moved. The jog adjusted for the lesser width of the median to the north.

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