Three-Year Lake Crescent Highway Rehab Project 2017 2018 2019

Three-Year Lake Crescent Highway Rehab Project 2017 2018 2019


Last updated: 05/22/2019

Olympic National Park News Release    

Construction Schedule Announced for Lake Crescent Highway Rehab

Three-Year Project to Begin in March 2017

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 April 2017 and last up to three construction seasons to complete and will address safety and long-term maintenance issues. 

“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.

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 after hours 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

2019 Updated News

Four-hour Delays on Lake Crescent Highway 101 Will End Thursday, May 23 and Resume September 3

PORT ANGELES, WA: Four-hour delays on Highway 101 at Lake Crescent will end Thursday, May 23 and will resume September 3.  Travelers around Lake Crescent should continue to expect half-hour delays Monday through Friday during work hours.

To avoid excessive impacts on summer traffic, the road restoration repairs will begin after Labor Day. The work will require 4-hour delays Monday through Thursday beginning September 3. This work is anticipated to be completed within the 20-day closure (5 work weeks) allowed by the contract. Paving in the section of the rock wall will also be performed in the fall.

Remaining work that will occur this spring and summer includes sign replacement, paving the final 2-1/2" driving surface and striping. The sign crew will begin installing replacement signs this week. Paving is set to begin June 3 and last for six to eight weeks depending on weather.   

Weekday work hours are restricted to two hours after sunrise to two hours before sunset. Traveling in the morning before 7:30 am and after 6:00 pm can help travelers avoid the half-hour delays. For information in real-time check the WSDOT Traffic Alert website at https://www.wsdot.wa.gov/traffic/trafficalerts/.

Drivers can find updates and maps of the project area with current project information on the park website at go.nps.gov/LCHwy101Project and the Federal Highway Administration website at https://flh.fhwa.dot.gov/projects/wa/lake-crescent/. This project is being managed collaboratively by the Federal Highway Administration and the National Park Service.


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