US 101 - Lynch Road - Safety Improvements

Project news

  • After considering traffic needs and the community’s views, WSDOT has chosen to pursue building acceleration lanes that will benefit drivers using both Lynch Road and US 101. 
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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.

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.


  • May 2017 - WSDOT open house
  • Spring 2017 - comments solicited by public
  • June 18, 2018 - Project submitted for competitive bidding
  • Summer/fall 2018 - Construction 
  • Late fall 2018 - Project complete 


Financial Data for PIN 310103G, 310116D
Funding Source Amount ($ in thousands)
2003 Gas Tax (Nickel Funding) $0
2005 Gas Tax (TPA) $1,000
Pre-Existing Funds (PEF) $0
CWA $5,000
Total $6,000


Brian Whitehouse
WSDOT Project Engineer

Doug Adamson
WSDOT Communications

Project map of US 101 and Lynch Road