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Olympic Region Weekly Construction and Traffic Updates

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PLEASE NOTE: Most activities are subject to good weather conditions and work plans are subject to weather-related adjustments.

Counties: Clallam | Grays Harbor | Jefferson | Kitsap | Mason | Pierce | Thurston


 
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The following construction and maintenance activities are scheduled for Jan. 30 through Feb. 6, 2015.

WSDOT has numerous projects to improve safety, ease congestion and maintain infrastructure. View the region-wide interactive map .


View Clallam County summer construction map (pdf 362kb)

CONSTRUCTION

US 101 Shore Road to Kitchen-Dick Road
Jerry Moore, 360-565-0622
TIME/DAYS: See information below:  
DESCRIPTION: This project widened US 101 from two lanes to four in Clallam County from Shore Road to Kitchen-Dick Road.
LOCATION: Both directions from mileposts 265 to 261.
EXPECT: Although two new US 101 lanes are now open to traffic, the project is not yet complete. The remaining work, including final paving of the new lanes, will occur after warmer and drier weather returns in 2015. Until that time, crews will conduct plantings, landscaping, guidepost installation and erosion control.

Left-turn feature
With the opening of the two new lanes, drivers will also notice a change in the way they access adjacent streets from US 101. This safety feature, called an “indirect left turn,” uses small loop roads that allow drivers to make U-turns instead of turning left directly on or off the highway. The indirect left turns reduce the potential for intersection collisions, especially “T-bone” and rear-end crashes.

The indirect left turns are located at four US 101 intersections: Shore, Barr, Dryke/Pierson and Kitchen-Dick roads. Although uncommon features, indirect left turns are not new to drivers on US 101. In 1979, WSDOT built two indirect left turns between Deer Park Road and Bagley Creek Road east of Port Angeles.
 
MAINTENANCE

No maintenance activities scheduled this week.

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View Grays Habor County summer construction map (pdf 270kb)


CONSTRUCTION 

No construction activities scheduled this week.

MAINTENANCE


US 12, Elma to Montesano
Randy Moody, 360-538-8530
TIME/DAYS: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30.
DESCRIPTION: Signs washing and guidepost repair.
LOCATION: Both directions from milepost 9.4 to 21.
EXPECT: Right lane closure.

US 101, Cosi Hill
Randy Moody, 360-538-8532
TIME/DAYS: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3.
DESCRIPTION: Roadway sweeping.
LOCATION: Both directions from milepost 77 to 80.
EXPECT: Right lane closure for mobile operation.

US 101, Hoquiam
Chris Ehresmann, 360-570-6749
TIME/DAYS: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday through Feb. 
DESCRIPTION: Contractor will prepare area for water pipeline replacement project.
LOCATION: Southbound from milepost 90.7 to 93.5 near Ocean Beach Road.
EXPECT: Right shoulder closures and intermittent one-way alternating traffic with flaggers.

US 101, Bernard Creek
Randy Moody, 360-538-8532
TIME/DAYS: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5.
DESCRIPTION: Storm debris removal.
LOCATION: Southbound from milepost 91.7.
EXPECT: One-way alternating traffic with flaggers.

US 101, Artic
Randy Moody, 360-538-8532
TIME/DAYS: Around the clock.
DESCRIPTION: Roadway settlement.
LOCATION: Both directions from at milepost 72.6 at Rock Crusher Hill.
EXPECT: One-way alternating traffic with flaggers and reduced speed. Expect up to 15 minute delays while crews fill roadway sloughing in the northbound lane. Once complete, the road surface will remain crushed gravel until permanent repairs can be made.

SR 105, Aberdeen to Grayland
Randy Moody, 360-538-8532
TIME/DAYS: 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4.
DESCRIPTION: Roadway sweeping.
LOCATION: Both directions from milepost 25.7 to 47.
EXPECT: Right lane closure for mobile operation.

SR 109, Moclips
Chris Ehresmann, 360-570-6749
TIME/DAYS: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3.
DESCRIPTION: Utility crews will perform maintenance on infrastructure.
LOCATION: Both directions from milepost 34 to 34.2.
EXPECT: One-way alternating traffic with flaggers.

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Jefferson County



View Jefferson County summer construction map (pdf 362kb)


CONSTRUCTION

No construction activities scheduled this week.

MAINTENANCE 

SR 20, Port Townsend  
Steve Russell, 360-565-0680
TIME/DAYS: 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, Feb. 3-5.
DESCRIPTION: Storm debris removal.
LOCATION: Westbound from milepost 5 to 9.
EXPECT: One-way alternating traffic with flaggers.

US 101, Contractors Creek
Steve Russell, 360-565-0680
TIME/DAYS: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, Feb. 3-5.
DESCRIPTION: Asphalt repair.
LOCATION: Both directions at milepost 279.
EXPECT: Right shoulder closure and occasional one-way alternating traffic with flaggers.

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View Kitsap County summer construction map (pdf 422kb)

CONSTRUCTION

No construction activities scheduled this week.

MAINTENANCE 

SR 160, Port Orchard
Duke Stryker, 360-874-3050
TIME/DAYS: 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 5.
DESCRIPTION: Guardrail repair.
LOCATION: Westbound SR 160 (SE Sedgewick Road) at milepost 2.5 at the intersection of Long Lake Road SE.
EXPECT: Traffic control provided by flaggers.

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Mason County


View Mason County summer construction map (pdf 422kb)


CONSTRUCTION

No construction activities scheduled this week.

MAINTENANCE

SR 3, Belfair
Chris Ehresmann, 360-570-6749
TIME/DAYS: See schedule below.
DESCRIPTION: Crews working for Belfair Water District No. 1 will relocate water lines in preparation for an upcoming WSDOT widening project.
LOCATION: Both directions from milepost 25.4 to 26 from NE Straub Hill to NE Romance Hill Road.
EXPECT:  Drivers could encounter daytime shoulder closures.

US 101, near Mason-Jefferson County line
Duke Stryker, 360-874-3050
TIME/DAYS: Around-the-clock lane closure until further notice.
DESCRIPTION: Rain-damaged northbound shoulder.
LOCATION: Northbound at milepost 316.5.
EXPECT: One-way alternating traffic and speed limit reduced to 25 mph.

SR 106, Union
Chris Ehresmann, 360-570-6749
TIME/DAYS: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. during weekdays, until Jan. 30.
DESCRIPTION: Utility crews will rebuild existing power line.
LOCATION: Both directions from milepost 6 to 6.8.
EXPECT: One-way alternating traffic with flaggers.

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View Pierce County summer construction map (pdf 443kb)

CONSTRUCTION


I-5 - M Street to Portland Avenue - HOV
Jon Deffenbacher, 253-365-6700
TIME/DAYS: See details below
DESCRIPTION: This project lays the foundation for new HOV lanes on I-5 in Tacoma.
LOCATION: Interstate 5 near the Tacoma Dome between M St. to Portland Ave. from milepost 132.8 to 135.2.
EXPECT: See below.

Ramp Closures

Saturday, Jan. 31
Portland Avenue on-ramp to southbound I-5 and the southbound SR 167 exit to southbound I-5 will close from 12:01 a.m. to 6 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 31.

Monday through Wednesday, Feb. 2-4
Southbound Interstate 705 and southbound State Route 7 on-ramps to northbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. each following morning.

Wednesday, Feb. 4
Southbound I-705 on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following day.

Thursday, Feb. 5
Southbound I-705 on-ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following day.

Friday, Feb. 6
The southbound I-705 and southbound SR 7 on-ramps to northbound I-5 will close from 12:01 a.m. to 4 a.m.

Saturday, Feb. 7
The southbound I-705 and southbound SR 7 on-ramps to northbound I-5 will close from 12:01 a.m. to 5 a.m.

I-5 lane closures between M Street and Portland Avenue
Monday, Feb. 2
Single left lane closure on northbound I-5 beginning 9 p.m. At 11 p.m., crews will set up a double-lane closure. All lanes will reopen at 6 a.m. the following morning.

Tuesday, Feb. 3 and Wednesday, Feb. 4
Single right lane closure on northbound I-5 beginning at 10 p.m. The lane will reopen at 6 a.m. each following morning.

Wednesday, Feb. 4
Single right lane closure on southbound I-5 from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. the following morning.

Thursday, Feb. 5
Single right lane closure on southbound I-5 from 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. the following morning.

Friday, Feb. 6
Double right lane closure on northbound I-5 from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. the following morning.


Continued around-the-clock closures:

  • The southbound Interstate 5 exit to State Route 7 remains closed until mid-February, 2015 for construction of a stormwater retention pond.
  • The northbound SR 7 on-ramp to southbound I-5 remains closed until spring 2015 for bridge construction.
  • The A-Street on-ramp to northbound I-5/southbound SR 7 remains closed until spring 2016 for bridge construction.

I-5, OR Region Wide Safety - Guardrail & Signing
Steve Fuchs, 360-570-6752
TIME/DAYS: 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday through Friday.
DESCRIPTION: New sign installation.
LOCATION: Both directions from Trosper Road in Tumwater to Center Drive in DuPont from milepost 102.4 to 118.4
EXPECT: Right lane closures near interchanges within the project limits.


I-5, SR 510 to SR 512 Congestion Management  
Kim Mueller, 253-365-6750
TIME/DAYS: See details below.
DESCRIPTION: In this project , crews will install "smart highway" devices that help WSDOT manage traffic and communication traffic conditions to the public. Hardware includes ramp meters, variable-message-signs and closed-circuit TV cameras.
LOCATION: Both directions of I-5 from Hawks Prairie in Lacey to Lakewood, from mileposts 111 to 127.
EXPECT: No scheduled traffic impacts this week.

I-5 – Vicinity Tumwater Blvd to Gravelly Lake Dr – Paving
Ricky Bhalla, 360-538-5800
TIME/DAYS: See details below.
DESCRIPTION: This project grinds down the old pavement, repairs damaged areas and resurfaces segments of Interstate 5 between Tumwater and Lakewood. The project also repaired I-5 expansion joints on the Capitol Lake Bridge in Thurston County.
LOCATION: Northbound I-5 from milepost 101.2 to 102.5, southbound I-5 from milepost 101.2 to 106.1, and southbound I-5 from milepost 116.7 to 124.2. It also includes the ramps at Tumwater Blvd. and Center Drive in Thurston and Pierce counties
EXPECT: Overnight work involving ramp and multiple lane closures on southbound I-5 in Lakewood and northbound I-5 in Tumwater.

Thurston County
No work scheduled this week.

Pierce County 
No work scheduled this week. 


SR 16 – Olympic Drive NW Bridge – Special Repair
Kim Mueller, 253-365-6750
TIME/DAYS: See details below.
DESCRIPTION: In this project , WSDOT is repairing the damaged bridge girder by installing a new girder on the westbound half of the bridge. In addition, the westbound lanes will be restriped to gain higher vertical clearance.
LOCATION: Both directions of SR 16 near Olympic Drive NW and Olympic Drive NW itself.
EXPECT:  Occasional night lane closures of westbound SR 16 and Olympic Drive.

SR 161, 24th Street East to Milton Way
Michele Britton, 360-874-3010
TIME/DAYS: 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. 
DESCRIPTION: This project , which eases congestion by adding lanes and managing access, is focusing on general cleanup and punch list items.
LOCATION: Both directions of SR 161 from milepost 32.1 to 33.3
EXPECT: No traffic impacts. 

     
SR 162, Puyallup River Bridge
Steve Fuchs, 360-570-6752
TIME/DAYS: 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
DESCRIPTION: Crews will build a replacement for the Puyallup River Bridge.
LOCATION: Both directions at the Puyallup River Bridge from milepost 6.6 to 7.1.
EXPECT: Shoulder closures and short-term traffic stops.

SR 167, Puyallup River Bridge - Bridge Replacement
Brenden Clarke, 360-357-2606
TIME/DAYS: See schedule below.
DESCRIPTION: Crews are building a new northbound bridge. Crews moved the older SR 167 steel truss bridge to the east, so a new bridge can be built in its place. 
LOCATION: SR 167, 4th Street, and Levee Road under the Puyallup River Bridge.
EXPECT: See below.

Weekly closures:

  • From 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, 4th Street will see one-way alternating traffic with flaggers.
  • From 6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, Levee Road will have one-way alternating traffic with flaggers.


MAINTENANCE  

I-5, Tacoma
Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
TIME/DAYS: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3.
DESCRIPTION: Sign repair.
LOCATION: Southbound I-5 near Tacoma Dome at milepost 134.7.
EXPECT: Right shoulder closure.

I-5, JBLM
Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
TIME/DAYS: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4.
DESCRIPTION: Sign repair.
LOCATION: Northbound at milepost 121.2.
EXPECT: Right shoulder closure.

I-5, Lakewood to Tacoma
Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
TIME/DAYS: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2.
DESCRIPTION: Roadway sweeping.
LOCATION: Both directions from milepost 127 to 132.
EXPECT: Shoulder closures for mobile operation.

SR 7, Alder Lake
Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
TIME/DAYS: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5.
DESCRIPTION: Removal of slide blocking drainage
LOCATION: Northbound from milepost 21.6 to 21.8.
EXPECT: One-way alternating traffic with flaggers.

SR 16, Tacoma
Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
TIME/DAYS: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5.
DESCRIPTION: Roadway sweeping.
LOCATION: Both directions from milepost 0.5 to 8.
EXPECT: Right shoulder closure for mobile operation.

SR 161, Graham
Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
TIME/DAYS: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4.
DESCRIPTION: Culvert debris removal.
LOCATION: Northbound from milepost 20.5 to 21.3 between 176th St. East and 187th St. East.
EXPECT: Right shoulder closure.

SR 161, South Hill
Chris Ehresmann, 360-570-6749
TIME/DAYS: 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday through Thursday until Feb. 5.
DESCRIPTION: Utility crew will install infrastructure.
LOCATION: Northbound at milepost 24.5 near 122nd St. East.
EXPECT: Right lane closure.

SR 167, Sumner
Jeff Hastings 253-983-7550
TIME/DAYS: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2.
DESCRIPTION: Vegetation management.
LOCATION: Northbound from milepost 9 to 11.3.
EXPECT: Right shoulder closure.

SR 302, Purdy Spit
Duke Stryker, 360-874-3050
TIME/DAYS: 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4.
DESCRIPTION: Topsoil spreading for future plantings.
LOCATION: Eastbound from milepost 15.2 to 15.8.
EXPECT: Right shoulder closure.

SR 512, Lakewood
Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
TIME/DAYS: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6.
DESCRIPTION: Sign repair.
LOCATION: Eastbound at milepost .01.
EXPECT: Right shoulder closure.

SR 706, Ashford Creek
Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
TIME/DAYS: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4.
DESCRIPTION: Debris removal and shoulder repair.
LOCATION: Westbound from milepost 8 to 8.3.
EXPECT: One-way alternating traffic with flaggers.

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Thurston County


View Thurston County summer construction map (pdf 350kb)

CONSTRUCTION

I-5, OR Region Wide Safety - Guardrail & Signing
Steve Fuchs, 360-570-6752
TIME/DAYS: 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday through Friday, Feb. 2-6. 
DESCRIPTION: New sign installation.
LOCATION: Both directions from Trosper Road in Tumwater to Center Drive in DuPont from milepost 102.4 to 118.4
EXPECT: Right lane closures near interchanges within the project limits.

OR Region Wide Basic Safety Guardrail & Signing
SR 510, Old Pacific Highway to Lake Saint Clair
Steve Fuchs, 360-570-6752
TIME/DAYS: 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday through Friday, Feb. 2-6.
DESCRIPTION: Guardrail installation.
LOCATION: Both directions from milepost 6.5 to 8.1.
EXPECT: Right lane closures within the project limits.

I-5 – Vicinity Tumwater Blvd to Gravelly Lake Dr – Paving
Ricky Bhalla, 360-538-5800
TIME/DAYS: 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday through Friday.
DESCRIPTION: This project grinds down the old pavement, repairs damaged areas and resurfaces segments of Interstate 5 between Tumwater and Lakewood.  It also includes the ramps at Tumwater Blvd. and Center Drive in Thurston and Pierce counties. The project will also repair I-5 expansion joints on the Capitol Lake Bridge in Thurston County.
LOCATION: Northbound I-5 from milepost 101.2 to 102.5, southbound I-5 from milepost 101.2 to 106.1, and southbound I-5 from milepost 116.7 to 124.2.
EXPECT: See below:

Thurston County:
No scheduled work this week.

Pierce County:
No scheduled work this week.

I-5, SR 510 to SR 512 Congestion Management
Kim Mueller, 253-365-6750
TIME/DAYS: See details below 
DESCRIPTION: In this project , crews will install "smart highway" devices that help WSDOT manage traffic and communication traffic conditions to the public. Hardware includes ramp meters, variable-message-signs and closed-circuit TV cameras.
LOCATION: I-5 from SR 510 to SR 512.
EXPECT: No scheduled traffic impacts this week.

I-5, Trosper Road to Marvin Road Signal Upgrade
Steve Fuchs, 360-570-6752
TIME/DAYS: 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday through Friday, Feb. 2-6.
DESCRIPTION: Crews will upgrade traffic signal controllers and cabinets.
LOCATION: See below.
EXPECT: Police officers will conduct traffic control at several intersections during the following dates.

Tuesday, Feb. 3: Martin Way and on-ramp to northbound I-5.
Wednesday, Feb. 4: Marvin Road and on-ramp to southbound I-5.
Thursday, Feb. 5: Marvin Road and on-ramp to southbound I-5.

MAINTENANCE 

I-5, Grand Mound to Nisqually
Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
TIME/DAYS: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, Feb. 2-5.
DESCRIPTION: Shoulder and guidepost repairs.
LOCATION: Both directions from milepost 115 to 85.
EXPECT: Right shoulder closure.

I-5, Olympia
Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
TIME/DAYS: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3.
DESCRIPTION: Guardrail repair.
LOCATION: Northbound at Pacific Avenue at milepost 107.
EXPECT: Right shoulder closure.

US 101, Olympia

Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
TIME/DAYS: 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 4-5.
DESCRIPTION: Vegetation management and construction of maintenance access road.
LOCATION: Southbound at milepost 363.6 near Black Lake Boulevard.
EXPECT: Right shoulder closure.

SR 510, Hawks Prairie
Chris Ehresmann, 360-570-6749
TIME/DAYS: 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day until Jan. 31.
DESCRIPTION: Utility crew will locate underground utilities.
LOCATION: Both directions from milepost .1 to 3.3 between Interstate 5 and Steilacoom Road Southeast.
EXPECT: Shoulder and lane closures as needed.

SR 510, Hawks Prairie
Chris Ehresmann, 360-570-6749
TIME/DAYS: 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday, Jan. 20-24.
DESCRIPTION: Utility crew will locate underground utilities.
LOCATION: Both directions of SR 510, from milepost 2.6 to 3.3 between I-5 and Steilacoom Road SE.
EXPECT: Shoulder and lane closures as needed.


Tips for Driving Through Work Zones

Pay attention - driver inattention is the number one cause of work zone accidents.

Leave room between you and the car ahead of you - most work zone accidents involve someone running into the car ahead of them. Drive defensively - be aware of what is happening around you.

Merge into the proper lane before you reach the work zone.
Don't use cell phones or adjust your radio while driving through the work zone.

If possible, avoid work zones by using alternate routes.

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