What it boils down to is route selection is somewhat subjective. We take in as much information as we can, distill it to what we've decided are the most important factors and determine a route from there...What you have to remember for this route in particular is that when it was developed in the 80's, there was a lot of logging going on in the area and US 101 carried much of that traffic with little to no shoulders. Safety is a large factor in our selection process, it won out over other considerations.
Thanks, Jennifer. Yeah, I understand that there's a lot of factors that go into route selection, and no route is going to be perfect. And things change.
But I'm definitely more interested in why the ACA Pacific Coast Route stays so far inland in Washington and does not see the Pacific Coast AT ALL in that state (but does see the Puget Sound.) And I know that route selection and planning is a big process, but is there any plans to reevaluate the route, esp. through Washington? Maybe have it hit the coast towards Aberdeen? Or another possibility is that the Willapa Hills Trail should be complete from the coast (Raymond) to Chehalis in the next few years, which would give folks a traffic-free route. I understand that some people are freaked out by the Astoria Bridge, but there is a bus option that runs over the bridge, or they could detour to the Westport Ferry.