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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 Dec. 19 through Dec. 26, 2014.

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: The US 101 speed limit on a 3.5-mile segment between Port Angeles and Sequim has been returned to 55 mph.

Crews had reduced the speed limit to 45 mph during construction of the US 101 – Shore Rd. to Kitchen-Dick Rd. widening project. The work zone speed limit reduction was enacted as a safety precaution for both drivers and crews.

The speed limit adjustment follows the successful opening of two new westbound US 101 lanes through the project limits on Nov. 8.

Although the 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.

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

There are no maintenance activities scheduled for this week.

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


CONSTRUCTION 

No construction activities scheduled this week.

MAINTENANCE

SR 8, McCleary
Randy Moody, 360-538-8530
TIME/DAYS: 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday, Dec. 22.
DESCRIPTION: Sign repair.
LOCATION: Westbound from milepost 5.5 to 5.6, west of SR 108.
EXPECT: Right lane closure.

SR 8, McCleary
Randy Moody, 360-538-8530
TIME/DAYS: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Dec. 22.
DESCRIPTION: Sign repair.
LOCATION: Westbound from milepost 7.8 to 7.9, east of Mox Chehalis Road.
EXPECT: Right lane closure.

US 101, Hoquiam
Chris Ehresmann, 360-570-6749
TIME/DAYS: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday through Feb. 2015.  No lane closures between 12 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 24 and 7:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 26.
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, Grays Harbor/Pacific County line
Randy Moody, 360-538-8530
TIME/DAYS: 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 23.
DESCRIPTION: Hazard tree removal.
LOCATION: Both directions from milepost 67.2 to 68.
EXPECT: One-way alternating traffic with flaggers.

US 101, Artic
Randy Moody, 360-538-8530
TIME/DAYS: 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 24.
DESCRIPTION: Vegetation management.
LOCATION: Both directions from milepost 76.5 to 75.5.
EXPECT: One-way alternating traffic with flaggers.

SR 115, Ocean Shores
Chris Ehresmann, 360-570-6749
TIME/DAYS: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 23 and Dec 30.
DESCRIPTION: Grays Harbor PUD will relocate electrical poles.
LOCATION: Both directions from milepost .8 to 1.1.
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 116, Indian Island
Steve Russell, 360-565-0680
TIME/DAYS: 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, Dec. 22-24.
DESCRIPTION: Tree debris removal.
LOCATION: Both directions at milepost 3.7.
EXPECT: 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 

No maintenance activities scheduled this week.

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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: Weekdays from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m.
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:  At 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, drivers can expect one-way alternating traffic with flaggers. The lanes will reopen at 5 a.m. each following day. During the day, drivers could encounter shoulder closures.
No work from noon Wednesday, Dec. 24 to Friday morning Dec. 26.

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.

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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:

City of Tacoma streets

Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 20-21

  • From 5:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, the left lane of East 27th Street will close near L Street.
  • From 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, the left lane of East 27th Street will close near L Street.

Monday and Tuesday Dec. 22-23

  • The right lane of northbound Pacific Avenue near South 30th Street will close from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Continued around-the-clock closures:

  • Northbound State Route 7 on-ramp to southbound Interstate 5.
  • Southbound Interstate 5 exit to State Route 7.
  • A Street on-ramp to northbound I-705/I- 5.


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:  From 10 p.m. Monday, Dec. 22 through 5 a.m. Tuesday, Dec 23, crews will close the Berkeley Street on-ramp to southbound I-5. Drivers will use alternative routes. In addition, drivers can expect shoulder closures during daytime hours and single and double lane closures during overnight hours in both directions of I-5 through the project limits.

I-5, SR 510 TO SR 512 ITS and Ramp Revisions
Kim Mueller, 253-365-6750
TIME/DAYS: See details below
DESCRIPTION: In this project , crews will install "intelligent transportation systems (ITS)" devices that help WSDOT manage traffic and communicate real-time traffic conditions to the public. This project also widens the Mounts Road Gate access road on Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) from one lane to two lanes, and revises the I-5 Center Drive interchange. 
LOCATION: Northbound and southbound I-5 from milepost 109 to 118.
EXPECT:  Motorists can expect shoulder closures during daytime hours between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. and single and double lane closures during the overnight hours of 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9 p.m. to 8 a.m. Friday to Saturday in both directions of I-5 through the project limits. 

I-5 – Vicinity Tumwater Blvd to Gravelly Lake Dr – Paving
Ricky Bhalla, 360-538-8502
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. Specifically this project includes 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. The project also repaired I-5 expansion joints on the Capitol Lake Bridge in Thurston County.
LOCATION:
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
Chris Ehresmann, 360-570-6749
TIME/DAYS: 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. Dec. 21-23 and Dec. 28-30.
DESCRIPTION: Utility crews will relocate facilities for an upcoming WSDOT Puyallup River Bridge replacement project.
LOCATION: Southbound at Puyallup River Bridge, milepost 6.8 to 7.
EXPECT: One-way alternating traffic with flaggers.

SR 167, Puyallup River Bridge - Bridge Replacement
Brenden Clarke, 360-357-2606
TIME/DAYS: See schedule below.
DESCRIPTION: Crews are building a new 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: 

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.
  • No traffic impacts Thursday and Friday, Dec 25-26.


SR 302 - Key Peninsula Highway to Purdy Vicinity - Safety & Congestion
Steve Fuchs, 360-570-6752
TIME/DAYS: See details below.
DESCRIPTION: This project includes widening portions of the road, adding left-turn pockets near 118th, widening shoulders and constructing emergency pullouts.
EXPECT:  Drivers should expect single-lane alternating traffic controlled by a flagging operation during the installation of the illumination. 

I-5, OR Region Wide Basic Safety - Guardrail & Signing
Steve Fuchs, 360-570-6752
TIME/DAYS: 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday through Wednesday Dec. 22-24.
DESCRIPTION: Sign installation.
LOCATION: Both directions of I-5 from Trosper Road in Tumwater to Center Drive in DuPont from milepost 102.4 to 118.4.
EXPECT: Right lane closures.

MAINTENANCE  

SR 7, Spanaway
Chris Ehresmann, 360-570-6749
TIME/DAYS: 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 23-24.
DESCRIPTION: Utility crew will install aerial communications line.
LOCATION: Both directions near 22nd Avenue at milepost 44.7.
EXPECT: One-way alternating traffic with flaggers and occasional
traffic stops.

SR 162, McMillin
Chris Ehresmann, 360-570-6749
TIME/DAYS: See schedule below.
DESCRIPTION: Utility crews will relocate infrastructure in advance of the WSDOT SR 162 Puyallup River Bridge project.
LOCATION: Both directions at milepost 6.7.
EXPECT: One-way alternating traffic with flaggers will occur during the following times:

  • 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. Sunday and Monday, Dec. 22-23
  • 9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 22-23. The lanes will reopen at 4 a.m. each following day. 

SR 512, Parkland
Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
TIME/DAYS: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 22.
DESCRIPTION: Sign repair.
LOCATION: Westbound at milepost 2.6.
EXPECT: Right shoulder closure.

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Thurston County


View Thurston County summer construction map (pdf 350kb)

CONSTRUCTION

I-5 – Vicinity Tumwater Blvd to Gravelly Lake Dr – Paving
Ricky Bhalla, 360-538-8502
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. Specifically this project includes 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. The project will also repair I-5 expansion joints on the Capitol Lake Bridge in Thurston County.
LOCATION: Overnight work involving ramp and multiple lane closures on southbound I-5 in Lakewood and on northbound I-5 in Tumwater.
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: From 10 p.m. Monday, Dec. 22 through 5 a.m. Tuesday, Dec 23, crews will close the Berkeley Street on-ramp to southbound I-5. Drivers will use alternative routes.  Drivers can also expect shoulder closures during daytime hours and single and double lane closures during overnight hours in both directions of I-5 through the project limits.

I-5, SR 510 TO SR 512 ITS and Ramp Revisions 
Kim Mueller, 253-365-6750
TIME/DAYS: See details below
DESCRIPTION: In this project , crews will install "intelligent transportation systems (ITS)" devices that help WSDOT manage traffic and communicate real-time traffic conditions to the public. This project also widens the Mounts Road Gate access road on Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) from one lane to two lanes, and revises the I-5 Center Drive interchange.
LOCATION: Northbound and southbound I-5 from milepost 109 to 118.
EXPECT: Motorists can also expect shoulder closures during daytime hours between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. and single and double lane closures during the overnight hours of 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9 p.m. to 8 a.m. Friday to Saturday in both directions of I-5 through the project limits.

I-5, OR Region Wide Basic Safety - Guardrail & Signing
Steve Fuchs, 360-570-6752
TIME/DAYS: 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday through Wednesday Dec. 22-24.
DESCRIPTION: Sign installation.
LOCATION: Both directions of I-5 from Trosper Road in Tumwater to Center Drive in DuPont from milepost 102.4 to 118.4.
EXPECT: Right lane closures.


MAINTENANCE

SR 8, Elma to Mud Bay
Randy Moody, 360-538-8530
TIME/DAYS: 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19.
DESCRIPTION: Shoulder sweeping.
LOCATION: Both directions of SR 8 from milepost 0 to 20.5.
EXPECT: Mobile right lane and shoulder closure.

SR 510, near Nisqually Indian Reservation  
Chris Ehresmann, 360-570-6749
TIME/DAYS: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday through Dec. 23.
DESCRIPTION: Utility crews will install communications line along south side of SR 510.
LOCATION: Eastbound from Yelm Highway to Red Wind Casino between milepost 9.2 and 10.2.
EXPECT: Eastbound right shoulder closure.

SR 510, Yelm
Chris Ehresmann, 360-570-6749
TIME/DAYS: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday to Dec. 12
DESCRIPTION: Utility crews will install communications line.
LOCATION: From milepost 9.2 to 10.2 between Yelm Highway and Reservation Road near round-a-bouts.
EXPECT: Eastbound right shoulder closure.

SR 510, Lacey
Chris Ehresmann, 360-570-6749
TIME/DAYS: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday through Dec. 12.
DESCRIPTION: Utility crews will use equipment to locate underground utilities.
LOCATION: Both directions from milepost 0.1 to 3.3 from I-5 to Steilacoom Road Southeast.
EXPECT: Right shoulder closures.


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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