East Beach Road Closing to Through-Traffic West of Log Cabin Resort for Culvert Replacement Monday August 14

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Date: August 11, 2017
Contact: Penny Wagner, 360-565-3005

East Beach Road will be closed to through traffic beginning Monday, August 14 through August 25 to allow for the replacement of the Log Cabin Creek culvert (a 25' deep excavation). The new culvert will allow for fish passage. This culvert is immediately west of the Log Cabin Resort turnoff.  During this closure, Log Cabin Resort will remain open and will only be accessible from East Beach Road. The Lyre River Trailhead of the Spruce Railroad Trail will only be accessible from the Joyce-Piedmont Road.
A map of the current construction and access information is available on the park website at www.nps.gov/olym/planyourvisit/lake-crescent-highway-101-rehabilitation-2017-19.htm.
Travelers on Highway 101 around Lake Crescent should expect half-hour delays Monday through Friday during work hours. Weekday work hours from April 1 through September 23 are restricted to two hours after sunrise to two hours before sunset. Traveling in the morning before 8:00 am and after 6:30 pm can help travelers avoid the half-hour delays. After work hours and on weekends expect short delays for alternating single-lane traffic controlled by temporary traffic signals.
An outline of this year’s construction schedule for U.S. Highway 101 is provided below.
Now-Labor Day (summer season)

  • Half‐hour delays during weekday work hours, with short delays after-hours to accommodate alternating single lane traffic.
Afetr Labor Day-Mid November
  • Half‐hour delays during weekday work hours, with short delays after-hours to accommodate alternating single lane traffic.
  • Limited 4‐hour delays (from 9:00am – 1:00pm only Mondays through Thursdays only) and 6‐hour overnight delays (10:00pm – 4:00am Mondays through Wednesdays only) may be scheduled and must be announced two weeks in advance.
Mid November—Mid March
  • No construction
The schedule and updated information are available on the Olympic National Park website at www.nps.gov/olym/planyourvisit/lake-crescent-highway-101-rehabilitation-2017-19.htm and the Federal Highway Administration website at https://flh.fhwa.dot.gov/projects/wa/lake-crescent/.
East Beach Road was built between 1911 and 1925 and provides access to private residences, Log Cabin Resort and several popular day use areas. East Beach Road links Highway 101 and Highway 112 and serves as a bypass route around the lake. In 2015, approximately 67,600 vehicles used East Beach Road.
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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Last updated: August 11, 2017

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