Why so misaligned?

Hill Street SE as it intersects with Pacific Boulevard in Albany.

I like the public works people in Albany, and while I don't know their counterparts in Corvallis, I'm relatively sure they're good people too, so I don't want to come off as hypercritical.

However, I simply must ask:

How did the towns, and I think Corvallis is quite a bit worse in this regard, end up with so many misaligned intersections?

That is, streets that require you to turn the wheel when you go through a light to end up in the correct lane on the other side of the intersection.

It seems like it wouldn't be that hard to get everything lined up such that if someone were going straight, he could pretty much aim his vehicle straight ahead and stay in the right lane.

Anyone have any theories on this?

Follow Steve Lundeberg on Twitter, @AnyGivenLundy, or email him at steve.lundeberg@lee.net.


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