State Route 3 and 4 in Washington
State Route 3 in Washington
State Route 3 or SR-3 is a state route in the U.S. state of Washington. The road leads from Shelton on US 101 via Bremerton to the coastal town of Port Gamble. A portion of the route is a freeway in the metropolitan area of Seattle. The route is 96 kilometers long.
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In the town of Shelton, the SR-3 branches off the US 101, the road from Olympia to Port Angeles. The road then runs as a secondary road to the northeast, towards Bremerton. The SR-16, the highway from Tacoma, ends in Gorst. The SR-3 then becomes a 2×2 lane highway to the north. You pass Bremerton, a distant suburb of Seattle, the best way to get to Seattle is via the ferry service, by road it is 100 kilometers, about 20 as the crow flies. The SR-3 continues across the peninsula to the north, past bays and forests. Just before the terminus in Port Gamble, the highway section ends after about 31 kilometers.
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The section between Belfair and Bremerton has its origins in the Navy Yard Highway which was paved in the early 1920s because of its importance to the US Navy. This road was officially opened on June 13, 1923. The rest of the route was paved in the 1930s. In 1964 the road was given its current number as State Route 3.
The first section of the freeway through Bremerton was constructed between 1963 and 1968. In 1973 the highway was opened further to Poulsbo.
The off-highway portion of the SR-3 is fairly quiet with barely 10,000 vehicles per day. The highway section at Bremerton is obviously busier, with some 56,000 vehicles per day on the busiest section. There is usually no congestion.
State Route 4 in Washington
State Route 4 or SR-4 is a state route in the U.S. state of Washington. The road forms an east-west route in the southwest of the state, through the Columbia River valley between Johnston’s Landing and Kelso. State Route 4 is 100 kilometers long.
State Route 4 begins at an intersection with US 101 on a tributary of Willapa Bay. The road heads east as a single-lane road through three counties, parallel to the mouth of the Columbia River. The majority of the road leads through sparsely populated forest area with low mountains, there are no significant places on the route until the end. Because of its location between the Columbia River on one side and the mountains on the other, there are also few side roads. The easternmost portion of State Route 4 is a 5-lane, center-turn lane urban arterial through the city of Longview. Just before the terminus, one crosses the Cowlitz River to the town of Kelso, where State Route 4 connects with Interstate 5.ends.
The road was constructed in the early 20th century as part of a series of connections along the Columbia River. The road was completed in 1915 and was then renumbered as State Route 19. In 1919 the road was renamed Ocean Beach Highway and in 1923 it was renumbered as State Route 12. With the creation of the US Highways in 1926, the road was named Ocean Beach Highway. part of US 830, which then ran from US 97 to US 101 along the Columbia River in southern Washington.
By 1931, almost all of the road had been paved with the exception of a missing section which was paved in 1939. From 1967 it became part of the Lewis and Clark Trail Scenic Byway, one of Washington ‘s many scenic byways. In 1968, US 830 was dropped from the system, after which the road was renumbered as State Route 4. There were previously plans to make the road part of US 12, but that has not been implemented.
Few upgrades have been made to State Route 4 itself, only the part in the built-up area of the city of Longview has been widened to a 5-lane road with a center turn lane.
State Route 4 is generally a light road with mostly 2,000 to 4,000 vehicles per day. Only the part in Longview is busier with up to 22,000 vehicles per day.