Lake Crescent traffic delays halted until next month

OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK — The traffic delays on U.S. Highway 101 around Lake Crescent are over until mid-September.

Crews will be finishing cleanup throughout the 12-mile work zone next week but that work will not require traffic delays.

The remaining project work slated to begin mid-September involves restoring the roadway width in front of the rock wall near milepost 229.

The work was delayed to avoid impacts on summer traffic because it requires four-hour delays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, said Penny Wagner, spokesperson for Olympic National Park.

In addition to the four-hour delays, drivers during this time also will find flaggers and delays for alternating single-lane traffic.

Temporary traffic signals will be in place after work hours and on weekends.

This work is expected to begin the week of Sept. 9 or Sept. 16 and last four to six weeks.

The public will be notified as soon as the contractor’s start date is confirmed, Wagner said.

Travelers to and from the western side of the North Olympic Peninsula can use state Highway 112/113 as an alternate route during the delays.

This is the final season of the three-year road rehabilitation project of 12 miles of highway around the lake.

Strider Construction Inc. of Bellingham is the contractor for the $27.5 million project.

The project is being managed collaboratively by the Federal Highway Administration and the National Park Service.

For project updates, see www.nps.gov/olym/index.htm.

For traffic information in real-time check the state Department of Transportation Traffic Alert website at www.wsdot.wa.gov/traffic/trafficalerts/.

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