Contact: Jared Low, 360-565-3005
The contracting process for rehabilitation of 12 miles of the Lake Crescent section of Highway 101 and 4 miles of East Beach Road is still underway and this spring’s construction schedule has been adjusted. Construction is now slated to begin in late April this year. This project is being managed collaboratively by the the Federal Highway Administration and the National Park Service.
No more than 20 four‐hour delays are permitted each spring and each fall. Four‐hour delays may only be implemented between Labor Day and Memorial Day and only between the hours of 9:00am and 1:00pm. Emergency vehicles will have access without delay at all times. The contractor will receive monetary incentives for limiting the number of four‐hour delays.
Overnight delays lasting up to six hours are permitted between Labor Day and March 31. All six‐hour delays may occur only from 10:00pm—4:00am and may only occur on Mondays through Wednesday. Emergency vehicles will have access without delay at all times.
All four‐hour and six‐hour overnight delays must be scheduled and announced two weeks in advance. Notices will be sent to area media outlets, widely distributed via the Washington State Department of Transportation traffic alert webpage (https://www.wsdot.wa.gov/traffic/trafficalerts/ ) and posted on the Olympic National Park website (https://www.nps.gov/olym/planyourvisit/conditions.htm)
Repairs to the East Beach Road will be completed during the 2017 construction season, with work completed by November 18. East Beach Road will close to through traffic for a maximum two‐week period to replace one culvert. This closure will include one weekend and will occur between August 1 and October 31, 2017 and will be scheduled and announced in advance. Monetary incentive is offered to the contractor for reducing the length of the closure.
East Beach Road was built between 1911 and 1925 and provides access to private residences, Log Cabin Resort and several popular day use areas and links Highway 101 and Highway 112 and 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.
Last updated: March 2, 2017