Project vicinity between Port Angeles and Sequim. See larger map.
US 101 at McDonald Creek.
This project widens the last two-lane section of US 101 between Sequim and Port Angeles.
- On July 23, construction crews implemented a mid-day traffic shift on July 23 along 1.5 miles of US 101 within the project limits.
- At the west end of the project at milepost 257, crews moved both directions of US 101 traffic onto a new roadway alignment and across a new bridge spanning McDonald Creek. The shift removed traffic from the old US 101 alignment and will allow construction activities to take place on that road segment. At about milepost 258.5, motorists are directed back onto the old highway alignment.
- The traffic shift will remain in place for several weeks. Motorists are advised that the final lift of asphalt is not yet placed on the new roadway, and the road surface will be rougher than its final surface after all construction is complete.
- Existing business along the corridor are remain accessible and open for business.
- Motorists should expect short-term traffic shifts and occasional 2-minute closures for utility relocations and hanging utility lines across US 101. No nighttime work is scheduled.
- Until further notice, the speed limit has been reduced to 45 mph on US 101 between Blue Mountain Road and the intersection of Carlsborg and Hooker Roads.
- Contractor Scarsella Bros. is also doing earthwork and drainage work.
Why is WSDOT
widening US 101?
To increase safety and relieve congestion, we are widening the last remaining section of two-lane roadway between Sequim and Port Angeles.
The End Result
The end result is a continuous four-lane divided highway between Sequim and Port Angeles. The new four-lane roadway will have two lanes in each direction and a wide median.
In 1993, an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) titled “SR 101 O’Brien Road to Palo Alto Road” identified four transportation improvement projects; this project is the third to be constructed.
- Increased safety - Wide median reduces the potential for head-on collisions. County road intersections improved to meet current highway safety standards. Left turns limited to county road intersections.
- Congestion relief - Additional lanes reduce traffic congestion and move more vehicles.
What is the project timeline?
Construction began January 2013 and will continue through December 2014.
|Financial Data for PIN 310107B, 310169B
||Amount ($ in thousands)
|2003 Gas Tax (Nickel Funding)
|2005 Gas Tax (TPA)
|Pre-Existing Funds (PEF)
Project signage will reflect the cost of construction engineering, project bid award and sales tax.
How can I get more information?
Jerry D. Moore
WSDOT Project Engineer
Olympic Region Communications
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