Three-Year Lake Crescent Highway Rehab Project 2017 2018 2019

Three-Year Lake Crescent Highway Rehab Project 2017 2018 2019

Last updated: 10/01/2019

Olympic National Park News Release    

Lake Crescent Highway 101 Project Update: Work Zone Set Up To Begin 9/30 with 4-hour Delays Expected to Start 10/7

PORT ANGELES, WA: Drivers should plan for short delays for alternating single-lane traffic the week of September 30 as Strider Construction will begin to mobilize equipment and set up traffic control devices to resume road work. The remaining road work for the three-year Lake Crescent Highway 101 Rehabilitation Project involves restoring the roadway width and shoulder area in front of the rock wall near milepost 229. The work will require traffic delays for alternating single-lane traffic as well as a series of four-hour delays set to begin October 7.

The four-hour delays will follow a set schedule Mondays through Thursdays from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm until no longer needed. During these four-hour periods, Highway 101 eastbound from Forks will be open to the turn for Barnes Point where Lake Crescent Lodge is located. Highway 101 westbound from Port Angeles will remain open up to mile marker 232/East Beach Road. Travelers should plan ahead to drive through the construction zone before 9:00 am or wait until after 1:00 pm.

To stay up-to-date with current project information and traffic alerts visit the project webpage on the National Park Service site.

Outside of the four-hour delays, drivers should expect delays for alternating single-lane traffic Monday through Friday during work hours. After work hours and on weekends expect short delays for alternating single-lane traffic controlled by temporary traffic signals at the rock wall area.

Travelers to and from the western side of the peninsula can use State Route 112/113 as an alternate route during the delays. Drivers should be cautious of bicycle traffic on State Route 112 because it is a Scenic Byway and a popular route for bicycle touring.

The roadway restoration work is anticipated to last four to six weeks. This project is being managed collaboratively by the Federal Highway Administration and the National Park Service. For traffic information in real-time check the WSDOT Traffic Alert website. 

This is the final season of the three-year road rehabilitation project. Completed work for 2019 includes guardrail replacement, paving the final 2-1/2" wearing surface, striping, and sign replacement. The work to restore the roadway width near milepost 229 was delayed until after the summer season to avoid impacts on summer traffic because it requires four-hour delays.

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 transportation 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.

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