Three-Year Lake Crescent Highway Rehab Project 2017 2018 2019

Three-Year Lake Crescent Highway Rehab Project 2017 2018 2019


Last updated: 01/03/2017

Olympic National Park News Release    

Construction Schedule Announced for Lake Crescent Highway Rehab

Three-Year Project to Begin in March

The National Park Service & Federal Highway Administration will rehabilitate 12 miles of Highway 101 around Lake Crescent and 4 miles of East Beach Road to address safety and long‐term maintenance issues.  The project will begin in March 2017 and last up to three construction seasons, March through November of 2017, 2018 and 2019.

“We understand the importance of the Lake Crescent Highway to our neighbors and visitors alike,” said Olympic National Park Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum. “Repairs are needed to address long-term safety and maintenance concerns, but minimizing short-term impacts and inconveniences is also a priority for us.”

The construction schedule will vary throughout the construction season to reduce impacts to the traveling public while still allowing safe and efficient road work.  Work will occur on weekdays only and will not be scheduled for holidays or weekends.

Daily work hours will also vary during the season. Between April 1 and September 23, the contractor’s work day must begin no earlier than two hours after sunrise and must be completed no later than two hours before sunset.

“While a contractor has not yet been selected for the project, key aspects of the construction schedule are dictated by the terms of the contract and we have included a number of specific requirements to minimize traveler impacts,” said Creachbaum.

An outline of the yearly schedule is provided below.

March

  • Half‐hour delays during work hours, with short delays afterhours to accommodate alternating single lane traffic.
  • Limited 4‐hour delays and 6‐hour overnight delays may be scheduled and will be announced two weeks in advance.

April—Late May

  • Half‐hour delays during work hours, with short delays afterhours to accommodate alternating single lane traffic.
  • Limited 4‐hour delays may be scheduled and will be announced two weeks in advance.

Memorial Day—Labor Day (summer season)

  • Half‐hour delays during work hours, with short delays afterhours to accommodate alternating single lane traffic.

Early September— Mid November

  • Half‐hour delays during work hours, with short delays afterhours to accommodate alternating single lane traffic.
  • Limited 4‐hour delays and 6‐hour overnight delays may be scheduled and will be announced two weeks in advance.

Mid November—February

  • No construction anticipated

Up to 20 four‐hour delays are permitted each spring and each fall. All four‐hour delays will follow the same schedule: 9:00am – 1:00pm and may only be implemented between Labor Day and Memorial Day. Four‐hour delays may only be used for slope scaling, rock bolting, culvert replacement and deep patching across the full road width. Monetary incentives are offered to the contractor for limiting the number of four‐hour delays.

Overnight delays lasting up to six hours are permitted between Labor Day and March 31. All six‐hour delays will follow the same schedule: 10:00pm—4:00am and will only occur Monday through Wednesday. Six‐hour delays may only be used for culvert replacement and deep patching across the full road width.

All four‐hour and six‐hour overnight delays will be scheduled and announced two weeks in advance. Notices will be sent to area media outlets, widely distributed via the Washington State Department of Transportation traffic information system and posted on the Olympic National Park website.

Repairs will be made to the East Beach Road during the 2017 construction season only, with work completed by November 18, 2017. East Beach Road will close to through traffic for a maximum two‐week period to replace one culvert. This closure will include one weekend and will occur between August 1 and October 31, 2017 and will be scheduled and announced in advance. Monetary incentive is offered to the contractor for reducing the length of the closure.

The road along Lake Crescent’s south shore was built in the early 1920s, replacing ferry passage across the lake. Today the road is part of U.S. Highway 101 and remains a vital transporta􀆟on link and popular sightseeing route for visitors to the Lake Crescent area and the Olympic Peninsula. In 2015, over 420,000 vehicles traveled this road.

East Beach Road was built between 1911 and 1925 and provides access to private residences, Log Cabin Resort and several popular day use areas. The road also serves as a link between Highway 101 and Highway 112 and as a bypass route around the lake. In 2015, approximately 67,600 vehicles used East Beach Road.


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