US 101 - Lynch Road - Safety Improvements

Project news

  • After considering traffic needs and the community’s views, WSDOT has chosen to pursue building acceleration/deceleration lanes and frontage road improvements on SE Brewer.
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Why is WSDOT considering making changes to the intersection of US 101 and the Lynch Road?
Over the years, the intersection of US 101 at Lynch Road in Taylor Town has received a series of operational improvements. In addition to a reduced speed limit of 50 mph, WSDOT has installed rumble strips approaching the intersection, installed additional signage at the intersection, and have restricted access to the highway median to one vehicle at a time.

WSDOT is considering several alternatives to continue improvements to help reduce the potential for collisions at the intersection and improve traffic flow.

Why isn’t WSDOT building an interchange at this intersection?
No funding has been identified for a new interchange, which has an estimated starting cost of $25 million. WSDOT believes previous efforts combined with proposed improvements will help reduce the potential for collisions.

The End Result
WSDOT believes that as traffic volumes increase at US 101 and Lynch Road, future improvements may be necessary.

We plan to list a grade-separated overpass alternative as the preferred treatment in our “Corridor Sketch,” which is our longer-term plan for future improvements, and we will make sure that the design for the Brewer Road improvements are compatible with a potential future overpass.

Needs & benefits

This project is intended to help reduce the potential for
collisions and improve traffic flow.

This option creates a new access to SE Brewer Road and Lynch Road near the Skyline Drive-in Theater. It also offers other benefits, including eliminating conflicting left-turn traffic movements in the highway median and building dedicated acceleration lanes on US 101 northbound and southbound from Lynch Road. We invite you to view a video showing these changes.


  • May 2017 - WSDOT open house
  • Spring 2017 - comments solicited by public
  • Summer 2018 - construction


Financial Data for PIN 310116D
Funding Source Amount ($ in thousands)
2003 Gas Tax (Nickel Funding) $0
2005 Gas Tax (TPA) $1,000
Pre-Existing Funds (PEF) $0
CWA $0
Total $1,000


Brian Whitehouse
WSDOT Project Engineer

Doug Adamson
WSDOT Communications