Two-hour delays begin Tuesday on Highway 101 around Lake Crescent

PORT ANGELES — Daily two-hour delays on U.S. Highway 101 at Lake Crescent will begin on Tuesday.

Drivers should plan for the delays set for 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday, said Penny Wagner, Olympic National Park spokeswoman, in a press release.

“These delays are necessary for the final centerline striping of the new road surface,” she said. “This work is weather dependent and will be postponed to July 29-31 if necessary.”

During the striping process, workers will be in the roadway removing the temporary reflective tabs from the centerline.

In addition to the two-hour delays, drivers should continue to expect half-hour delays during weekday work hours.

The fog line striping will be achieved within the half-hour delays with a pilot car guiding traffic, Wagner said.

During the two-hour delay from 9 a.m. to 11 am.:

• On Tuesday, Lake Crescent Lodge will be accessible from Highway 101 only eastbound from Forks. Highway 101 westbound from Port Angeles will remain open up to mile marker 232/East Beach Road.

• On Wednesday and Thursday, Lake Crescent Lodge will be accessible from Highway 101 westbound from Port Angeles.

• On Thursday, Fairholme Campground and Camp David Jr. Road will not be accessible at all.

The Fairholme Hill area will be striped on Friday using half-hour delays and a pilot car guiding traffic.

Access for emergency vehicles during the two-hour delay will be coordinated using established communication procedures with the traffic control supervisor.

Work to restore the roadway width and shoulder area in front of the rock wall near milepost 229 will begin after Labor Day to minimize the effect of summer travel, Wagner said.

The work will require four-hour delays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday beginning Sept. 3.

Final paving in the short section of road in front of the rock wall will be completed after the restoration.

This is the final season of the three-year, $27.5 million federal project to rehabilitate Highway 101 and East Beach Road around Lake Crescent.

Strider Construction Inc. of Bellingham is the contractor. The project is being managed collaboratively by the Federal Highway Administration and the National Park Service.

For project updates, see https://tinyurl.com/PDN- lakecrescentroadwork.

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