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/.
 
Map of 4-hour delay area planned for November 12 through 14
Map of project area and 4-hour delay zone for November 12-14

NPS

Traffic Update: 4- Hour Delays Planned for November 12-14

  • Four-hour delays from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm are planned beginning Monday, November 12 to remove a rock hazard. Due to the unpredictable nature of the rock removal operation, a 4-hour delay may also be needed Tuesday and Wednesday depending on the progress.
  • During the delays, travelers to and from the western side of the peninsula can use SR 112/113 as an alternate route. Highway 101 eastbound from Forks will remain open up to the turn for Barnes Point where Lake Crescent Lodge, NatureBridge, and the trailheads are located. Highway 101 westbound from Port Angeles will be open up to mile marker 232/East Beach Road.
  • Guardrail installation will continue west of the Lake Crescent Lodge area between mileposts 224-228 during the 4-hour delays. Drivers should continue to expect half-hour delays Monday through Friday during work hours. Work is no longer restricted to two hours after sunrise to two hours before sunset.
  • Please watch for the pilot car and flaggers controlling traffic
  • Paving is 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.
Check out the Federal Highways Project Website for more information.

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

Marty Flores/FHWA

 

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

Early September 2018—Mid November 2018
  • 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.
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.
 
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: November 2, 2018

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