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/.
 
Map of Highway 101 Traffic Impacts at Lake Crescent
Map of 4-hour Delay Area on Highway 101 at Lake Crescent

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Traffic Impacts on Highway 101 at Lake Crescent

The remaining road work for the three-year Lake Crescent Highway 101 Rehabilitation Project involves restoring the roadway width and shoulder area in front of the rock wall near milepost 229. The work requires traffic delays for alternating single-lane traffic as well as a series of four-hour delays which began October 7.

For the week of October 14

The work to restore the roadway width and shoulder area in front of the rock wall near milepost 229 will continue and the series of 4-hour delays will be in effect. Concrete barriers are in place which reduce the work zone to one lane and temporary traffic signals are set up to control alternating single-lane traffic before/after work hours and on weekends.

Series of Four-hour Delays Continue Mondays through Thursdays 9:00am - 1:00pm

  • The four-hour delays will follow a set schedule Mondays through Thursdays from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm until no longer needed.

  • During these four-hour periods, Highway 101 eastbound from Forks will be open to the turn for Barnes Point where Lake Crescent Lodge is located. Highway 101 westbound from Port Angeles will remain open up to mile marker 232/East Beach Road.

  • Travelers should plan ahead to drive through the construction zone before 9:00 am or wait until after 1:00 pm.

  • Outside the four-hour delays, drivers should expect flaggers and delays for alternating single-lane traffic controlled by traffic signals. Temporary traffic signals will remain in place after work hours and on weekends.

  • For traffic information in real-time check the WSDOT Traffic Alert website at https://www.wsdot.wa.gov/traffic/trafficalerts/.

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

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.


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

Late September - mid November/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: October 11, 2019

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