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Contact: Penny Wagner, 360-565-3005
PORT ANGELES, WA: Due to weather impacts on the completion of paving, the daily two-hour delay on Highway 101 planned for next week at Lake Crescent is now scheduled for July 22, 23 and 24 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am. These delays are necessary for the final centerline striping of the new road surface. This work is weather dependent and will be postponed to July 29-31 if necessary.
During the striping process, workers will be in the roadway removing the temporary reflective tabs from the centerline. The delay allows this work to be completed safely. Outside of the two-hour delays, drivers should continue to expect the normal half-hour delays during weekday work hours. The fog line striping will be achieved within the normal half-hour delays with a pilot car guiding traffic.
During the two-hour delay:
- On July 22 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am: Lake Crescent Lodge will only be accessible from Highway 101 eastbound from Forks. Highway 101 westbound from Port Angeles will remain open up to mile marker 232/East Beach Road.
- On July 23 and 24 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am: Lake Crescent Lodge will be accessible from Highway 101 westbound from Port Angeles.
- On July 24 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am: Fairholme Campground and Camp David Jr. Road will not be accessible.
The Fairholme Hill area will be striped on July 25 using half-hour delays and a pilot car guiding traffic.
To avoid the two-hour delays, travelers should plan ahead to drive through the construction zone before 9:00 am or wait until after 11:00 pm. Access for emergency vehicles during the two-hour delay will be coordinated using established communication procedures with the traffic control supervisor.
Travelers to and from the western side of the peninsula can use State Route 112/113 as an alternate route during the delay. For traffic information in real-time check the WSDOT Traffic Alert website at https://www.wsdot.wa.gov/traffic/trafficalerts/.
This is the final season of the three-year road rehabilitation project. Work for 2019 included completing the guardrail replacement, paving the final 2-1/2" wearing surface, striping, sign replacement, and restoring the road width near milepost 229.
To avoid excessive impacts on summer traffic, the work to restore the roadway width and shoulder area in front of the rock wall near milepost 229 will begin after Labor Day. The work will require 4-hour delays from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm Monday through Thursday beginning September 3. Final paving in the short section of road in front of the rock wall will also be completed after the restoration.
Drivers can find updates with current project information and alerts 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.
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.
Last updated: July 12, 2019