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Lake Crescent Highway 101 Project Update; Lyre River Trailhead for Spruce Railroad Trail Inaccessible Thursday During Paving

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Date: May 24, 2018
Contact: Penny Wagner, 360-565-3005

Paving at Barnes Point Intersection Scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday
PORT ANGELES, WA: Over the busy Memorial Day holiday weekend, travelers around Lake Crescent will not encounter any road work or traffic signals. The construction crew is working to get the road ready for two-lane traffic this weekend and will remove the traffic signals to ease traffic congestion for drivers.

Road work will resume on Tuesday morning and drivers should expect a half-hour total stop time through the 12-mile project area during weekday work hours. Please watch for flaggers and expect heavy truck traffic through the construction zone.

Paving is scheduled for the area around the Lake Crescent Road/Barnes Point intersection for Tuesday and Wednesday. On Tuesday, the westbound lane at this intersection will be paved and travelers leaving from or headed to Lake Crescent Lodge, NatureBridge or the trailheads should plan ahead and arrive or leave prior to noon or after 3:00 pm. Otherwise, travelers should be prepared for a 30-45 minute delay to enter or exit this area sometime between 12:00 pm and 3:00 pm once the paving begins at the intersection. Access to Lake Crescent Lodge, NatureBridge and the trailheads will be unavailable during this 30-45 minute delay to accommodate the paving work at this intersection and to allow the necessary curing time before vehicles can drive over the fresh pavement.

Through traffic on Highway 101 on Tuesday and Wednesday will only encounter a delay in this area for alternating single-lane traffic.
Until September 21, work is restricted to two hours after sunrise to two hours before sunset. Currently, traveling through the work zone before 7:00 am and after 7:00 pm can help travelers avoid the half-hour delays. 
Drivers can find updates and a map of the project area with current project information on the park website at

Spruce Railroad Trail

On Thursday, May 31 Strider Construction will pave the west end of East Beach Road between the Lyre River Bridge and the Lyre River Trailhead for the Spruce Railroad Trail. There will be no vehicle, pedestrian, or bicycle access to the trailhead until paving is complete. The work is scheduled to be completed by 3:30 pm on May 31 and the road may open to traffic earlier if possible.

The Spruce Railroad Trail is currently closed on the western end for one mile beginning at the Camp David Jr. Road Trailhead. The trail is open for use on the eastern end for 2.7 miles—from the Lyre River Trailhead past Devil’s Punchbowl and up to the Daley Rankin Tunnel. This phase is scheduled to be completed by the end of July 2018 and includes bank stabilization, culvert installation, and trail improvements matching the one mile section completed last year from the Lyre River Trailhead to the newly restored McFee Tunnel.

The next phase of the project is anticipated to begin in fall 2018. Future project work will include paving the Lyre River Trailhead parking lot, restoring the Daley Rankin Tunnel, and finishing the remaining trail improvements. Paving the length of the trail will occur in the final phase. Completion of the Spruce Railroad Trail project is anticipated in late 2019.

The Spruce Railroad Trail improvements are part of a multi-year collaborative project to establish the entire 10 mile length of the trail as a universally accessible, multipurpose trail to be shared by hikers, bicyclists, equestrians and people traveling in wheelchairs. Clallam County and Olympic National Park are jointly funding the project and have contracted with Bruch & Bruch Construction of Port Angeles to complete the work. Federal Highway Administration staff provide construction management and general contract oversight.

The Spruce Railroad Trail follows the historic railroad grade of the Spruce Railroad, built in 1918 and abandoned in 1951. When the project is completed in 2019 it will become a signature piece of the 134-mile long Olympic Discovery Trail that will eventually connect Port Townsend to La Push—Puget Sound to the Pacific Ocean.

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Last updated: May 24, 2018

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