Repairs begin on Lake Crescent hillside

PORT ANGELES — Repairs are expected to begin as early as today to stabilize the hillside above U.S. Highway 101 near Fisher Cove Road at Lake Crescent, where single-lane traffic will continue through the end of this month.

Heavy rainfall caused erosion below the roadway that has resulted in Highway 101 near Fisher Cove Road being reduced to a single, alternating lane of travel, since Jan. 25.

Through an emergency contract, Interwest Construction Inc. crews, working for the state Department of Transportation, will clear debris, replace a damaged culvert and stabilize the hillside.

Travelers will see daytime construction for the next four weeks or until the work is complete.

“Work on this vital transportation link between Port Angeles and Forks takes added importance due to the month-long closure of state Highway 112, resulting from multiple slides,” the state Department of Transportation said, adding that engineers are finalizing designs unique to each slide area and plan to reopen state Highway 112 as soon as possible.

Olympic Peninsula travelers can sign up at wsdot.wa.gov. for email updates. Real-time traffic information is available on the Washington State Department of Transportation app and regional Twitter account.

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