Lake Crescent Highway 101 Rehabilitation 2017-19

paved roadway next to a lake
Today's U.S. Highway 101 follows the route of the first road around Lake Crescent, built in the early 1920s.

NPS Photo by BMaynes

On July 10, 2017, the National Park Service and Federal Highway Administration began a project to rehabilitate 12 miles of Highway 101 around Lake Crescent and four miles of East Beach Road. This project will take three construction seasons to complete and will address safety and long-term maintenance issues.

Project information is updated regularly on this webpage. Follow @OlympicNP on Twitter for additional notifications.

For information in real-time on traffic impacts for Highway 101, check the Washington Department of Transportation Traffic Alert website https://www.wsdot.wa.gov/traffic/trafficalerts/.
 
Traffic on Highway 101 at Lake Crescent
Newly paved and striped Fairholme Hill on Highway 101 at Lake Crescent

FHWA

Final year of three-year project nearing completion

August 12 - mid September: No traffic delays

Crews will be finishing clean up work throughout the 12-mile work zone the week of August 12 but will not require traffic delays. The remaining project work will begin in mid-September and involves restoring the roadway width in front of the rock wall near milepost 229.

Work Resumes in mid September

The work to restore the roadway width around milepost 229 was delayed to avoid impacts on summer traffic because it requires four-hour delays from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, Mondays through Thursdays. Outside the four-hour delays, drivers should expect flaggers and delays for alternating single-lane traffic. Temporary traffic signals will be in place after work hours and on weekends.

This work is currently expected to begin the week of September 23 and last four to six weeks. The public will be notified as soon as the contractor’s start date is confirmed.

Travelers to and from the western side of the peninsula can use State Route 112/113 as an alternate route during the delays. 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.

Check out the Federal Highways Project Website for more information.


 
 
Overview of Yearly U.S. Highway 101 Construction Schedule

Mid-September - late October/Project Completion
  • Expect 4-hour delays (9am-1pm Mondays through Thursdays only). During the 4-hour delays, 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.
  • Outside of the 4-hour delays, expect delays for alternating single-lane traffic around milepost 229 during weekday work hours. Temporary traffic signals will be in place after work hours to accommodate alternating single-lane traffic in that area.
 
Good to Know
  • Construction will occur on Highway 101 on weekdays only.
  • Work hours will vary according to season and daylength.
    April 1 - September 23: work may begin two hours after sunrise and must stop two hours before sunset.
  • East Beach Road rehab is complete.
  • Emergency vehicles will have access during scheduled 4-hour and 6-hour delays.

Last updated: September 12, 2019

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