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 an estimated 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/.
 
Recent paving on Highway 101 at Lake Crescent
First layer of paving completed at Lake Crescent on Highway 101.

Marty Flores/FHWA

 
Map of Highway 101 at Lake Crescent
Current traffic impacts on Highway 101 at Lake Crescent

NPS

Traffic Update: Week of August 13

  • No construction work planned this week

  • Paving is now complete for the 2018 construction season.
    • The final 2-1/2" of paving/wearing surface will be completed in the final season of the project in 2019.
  • Drivers should plan for half-hour delays to resume the week of August 20. Federal Highways will be working on the roadway in front of the rock wall near milepost 229 where rock scaling work was completed last season. A crew will be conducting a geotechnical survey by drilling in the roadway. This work is scheduled for August 21-23 and is necessary for the design to restore the roadway in this section to the normal width. Flaggers will be controlling traffic in the small work zone to allow alternating single-lane traffic.
  • Strider Construction will begin guardrail installation August 27. Additional upcoming work includes mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) wall construction, ditch reconditioning, and work at Sledgehammer Point.
  • General delay info: Until September 21, work is restricted to two hours after sunrise to two hours before sunset.

Check out the Federal Highways Project Website for more information.

 

Second Year of Lake Crescent Highway 101 Project Underway

The work for 2018 includes erosion control, subexcavation, milling, and paving beginning on the eastern end of Lake Crescent and working west.

When planning to drive around Lake Crescent, here are 3 important reminders:

  • Half-hour delay Monday-Friday: Expect up to a half-hour total stop time through the 12-mile project area during weekday work hours. Watch for flaggers/pilot car/traffic signals controlling traffic in multiple work zones. After work hours and on weekends expect short delays for alternating single-lane traffic at the stop lights. For safety, bicycle traffic is subject to the same delays as other traffic. Bicyclists should be prepared for rough road conditions in the work zone.

  • Work hours: Work hours will vary according to season and daylength. From April 2-September 21, road work is restricted to two hours after sunrise to two hours before sunset. Please watch for flaggers and expect heavy truck traffic through the construction zone.

  • No weekend or holiday work: Work will occur on weekdays only and will not be scheduled on major holidays or weekends.

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Overview of Yearly U.S. Highway 101 Construction Schedule

After Memorial Day 2018—Early September 2018 and After Memorial Day 2019—late September 2019
  • Expect half-hour delays during weekday work hours, with short delays after-hours to accommodate alternating single lane traffic.
Early September 2018—Mid November 2018 and September 2019
  • Expect half-hour delays during weekday work hours, with short delays after-hours to accommodate alternating single lane traffic.
  • Limited 4-hour delays (9am-1pm Mondays through Thursdays only) and 6-hour overnight delays (10pm-4am Mondays through Wednesdays only) may be scheduled and will be announced in advance.
Mid November 2018—Mid March 2019
  • No construction. Temporary traffic signals removed.
March 15-31, 2019
  • Expect half-hour delays during weekday work hours, with short delays after-hours to accommodate alternating single lane traffic.
  • Limited 4-hour delays (9am-1pm Mondays through Thursdays only) and 6-hour overnight delays (10pm-4am Mondays through Wednesdays only) may be scheduled and will be announced in advance.
April 2019—Late May 2019
  • Expect half-hour delays during weekday work hours, with short delays after-hours to accommodate alternating single lane traffic.
  • Limited 4-hour delays may be scheduled (9am-1pm Mondays through Thursdays only) and will be announced in advance.
 
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: August 13, 2018

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