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turn I am asking about

Is this a legal turn in Oregon? The single lane road is a private driveway and the two lane road is Highway 101.

What about California?

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Yes

Oregon

Double solid yellow line – Indicates passing is not allowed for both directions of traffic. You may turn left, to enter or exit a roadway, across double solid yellow lines after waiting for oncoming traffic to clear.

California

Two solid yellow lines indicate no passing. Never drive to the left of these lines unless you are:

  • Turning left across a single set of double yellow lines to enter or exit a driveway or private road, or make a U-turn.

More broadly, this is the rule in every jurisdiction I’ve ever driven in. Multiple countries in four continents.

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  • Thank you! Google Maps puts me on a somewhat convoluted route to avoid a turn like this. I guess that's a bug in Google Maps?
    – Someone
    May 7, 2022 at 4:09
  • @Someone Do you mind telling us what intersection it is? There may be another reason like there's a no-left-turn sign although it might only be that the road is very busy and it's difficult to make a left turn there.
    – mkennedy
    May 7, 2022 at 19:10
  • It's right by my house, so I would rather not. There is no no-left-turn sign. It is a busy road and you do sometimes have to wait for a while, so that's probably why.
    – Someone
    May 7, 2022 at 19:12
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    @Someone Yes. The US National Park service have a name for that “death by Google” due to it telling people to go down closed or non-trafficable roads. Google maps always wants me to 7-turn at traffic lights despite that being illegal in my jurisdiction and it will often tell you to go the wrong way down one-way roads.
    – Dale M
    May 7, 2022 at 22:04
  • Note that in California it is illegal to turn left across a double-double yellow line. May 9, 2022 at 20:30

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