The National Park Service and Federal Highway Administration announced that, beginning in mid-July of this year, the two agencies will 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, starting in July of 2017 and ending in 2019, and will address safety and long-term maintenance issues.
Visitors should plan and prepare for traffic delays during each construction season.
The federal and state agencies involved provided useful links to help inform travelers of the construction schedule and impacts to traffic. We’ve summarized them below.
- The announcement of the program, along with the yearly highway 101 construction schedule: https://www.nps.gov/olym/planyourvisit/lake-crescent-highway-101-rehabilitation-2017-19.htm
- Frequently Asked Questions About Lake Crescent Highway 101 Rehabilitation: https://www.nps.gov/olym/planyourvisit/frequently-asked-questions-about-lake-crescent-highway-101-rehabilitation.htm
- Olympic National Park Alerts & Conditions: https://www.nps.gov/olym/planyourvisit/conditions.htm
- Washington State Department of Transportation highway travel alerts, statewide: https://www.wsdot.wa.gov/traffic/trafficalerts/
Useful Points of Note About the Overall Construction Program
- Construction will occur on weekdays only. No weekend or holiday work.
- From April 1st through September 23rd, construction work may begin two hours after sunrise, and must stop two hours before sunset.
- East Beach Road construction is scheduled to be completed by November 2017. The road will close to through traffic for a single two-week period between August 1st and October 31st. Resident and business access will be available.
- Emergency vehicles will have immediate access when needed throughout the project.
- Once this work is complete, it should last a long time. The last major rehabilitation of Highway 101 along Lake Crescent was completed in the 1980s.