Four-hour delays on Highway 101 at Lake Crescent were to begin Monday, May 20 and are scheduled for Mondays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. -1 p.m. These delays are anticipated to last through June 13. There will be no road work or four-hour delay on Monday, May 27 for the Memorial Day holiday.
The final projected completion date for the project is mid-August which is ahead of the original timeline. The decision to allow four-hour delays for a few weeks beyond Memorial Day will result in the project being completed sooner, with fewer impacts to the public, and achieve the best final result.Remaining work includes:
• Sign replacement (begins week of May 20)
• Paving the final 2-1/2” driving surface (set to begin June 3 and last 6-8 weeks depending on weather)
Once paving is finished, striping and final cleanup will conclude the three-year project. Striping is the final step that will necessitate longer than a half-hour delay in order to achieve the best result.
During these four-hour delay periods, Highway 101 eastbound from Forks will be open to the turn for Barnes Point where Lake Crescent Lodge, Storm King Information Station, NatureBridge, and the trailheads are located. Highway 101 westbound from Port Angeles will be open to East Beach Road. Travelers to and from the western side of the peninsula can use SR 112/113 as an alternate route during the delay.
Travelers should plan ahead to drive through the construction zone before 9 a.m. or wait until after 1 p.m. Outside of the four-hour delays, drivers should continue to expect the regular half-hour delays Monday through Friday during work hours. After work hours and on weekends expect possible short delays for alternating single-lane traffic controlled by temporary traffic signals at the rock wall area.
Originally, four-hour delays were to take place only before Memorial Day or after Labor Day to avoid impacting traffic during the busy summer season. Now four-hour delays will extend beyond Memorial Day so the work at the rock wall can be completed and the final paving can occur on schedule.