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Olympic Region Weekly Construction and Traffic Updates

 

Please note: Activities may be subject to weather-related adjustments. If a highway is not listed below, there are no scheduled closures. Please note emergency lane closures may still occur.

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


 
Map of Olympic Region area


The following activities are scheduled for Friday, Feb. 24, through Friday, March 3, 2017.


View Clallam County construction map (pdf 270 kb)

CONSTRUCTION 

Highway: US 101 Region: Olympic County: Clallam
Contact: Olympic National Park
Description: Lake Crescent Highway Rehab Project. The National Park Service & Federal Highway Administration will rehabilitate 12 miles of Highway 101 around Lake Crescent and 4 miles of East Beach Road to address safety and long‐term maintenance issues.
The project will begin in March 2017. The project will continue through 2019. 


MAINTENANCE

Highway:
US 101 Region: Olympic County: Clallam Location: Milepost(s) 238.7 to 239.5
Contact: Doug Adamson, 360-357-2716
Description: Elwha River Bridge monitoring.
Work schedule: No scheduled impacts. For more information about the bridge or to see alternatives being considered for the future, please visit elwhariverbridge.com

Highway: US 101 Region: Olympic County: Clallam Location: Milepost(s) 260.7
Contact: Tom Chrisman, 360-570-6746
Description: Utility contractor will perform work on the westbound shoulder.
Work Schedule: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, Feb. 20-24. 

Highway: US 101 Region: Olympic County: Clallam Location: Milepost(s) 262
Contact: James Narramore, 360-570-6747
Description: Utility crews will install sewer lines. Drivers can expect westbound shoulder closures.
Work Schedule: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. each Monday through Friday through March 10.

Highway: US 101 Region: Olympic County: Clallam Location: Milepost(s) 257.4
Contact: Steve Russell, 360-565-0680
Description: Tree removal. Westbound drivers can expect a rolling slowdown and delays of up to 10 minutes.  
Work Schedule: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Thursday, March 2. 


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Grays Harbor County

View Grays Harbor County construction map  (pdf 209 kb)

CONSTRUCTION

SR 8 - Middle and East Forks Wildcat Creek - Remove Fish Barriers
Highway: SR 8 Region: Olympic County: Grays Harbor Location: Milepost(s) 5 to 6.3
Contact: John Romero, 360-538-8500
Description: Crews will remove barriers to fish. Beginning spring 2017, SR 8 will be reduced to one lane in each direction through summer 2019. The SR 8 speed limit will be temporarily reduced from 60 mph to 45 mph for the duration of the two-year project.
Project web page
Work schedule: Drivers in both directions of SR 8 can expect daytime single-lane and shoulder closures in both directions.

MAINTENANCE

Highway: SR 8 Region: Olympic County: Grays Harbor Location: Milepost(s) 0 to 20.6
Contact: Ted Twigg, 360-538-8530
Description: Vegetation management. Eastbound drivers will encounter single-lane closures.
Work Schedule: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, March 1-2. 

Highway: US 12 Region: Olympic County: Grays Harbor Location: Milepost(s) 21 to 9.5
Contact: Ted Twigg, 360-538-8532
Description: Vegetation management. Westbound drivers can expect single-lane closures for mobile operation.
Work Schedule: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 27-28.

Highway: SR 109 Region: Olympic County: Grays Harbor Location: Milepost(s) 27.8 to 28.5
Contact: Ted Twigg, 360-538-8530
Description: Utility installation. Northbound drivers will encounter shoulder closures.
Work Schedule: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each weekday from Friday, Feb. 24 through Friday, March 10.

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Jefferson County



View Jefferson County summer construction map  (pdf 225kb)

CONSTRUCTION 

No scheduled impacts.

MAINTENANCE 

Highway: 
SR 19 Region: Olympic County: Clallam Location: Milepost(s) 5.1
Contact: Steve Russell, 360-565-0680
Description: Guardrail repair. Drivers in both directions can expect one-way alternating traffic.
Work Schedule: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28 through Thursday, March 2.

Highway: SR 116 Region: Olympic County: Jefferson Location: Milepost
(s) 0.0 to 9.4
Contact: Steve Russell, 360-565-0680
Description: Vegetation management. Drivers can expect lane and shoulder closures for mobile operation.
Work Schedule: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28 through Thursday, March 2.

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View Kitsap County construction map (pdf 436kb)

CONSTRUCTION

No scheduled impacts.

MAINTENANCE 

Highway:
SR 3 Region: Olympic County: Kitsap County Location: Milepost(s) 57 to 59.7
Contact: Tom Chrisman, 360-570-6746
Description: Utility infrastructure installation. Drivers can expect shoulder closures in both directions or one-way alternating traffic.
Work Schedule: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each weekday through March 10.

Highway: SR 160 Region: Olympic County: Mason Location: Milepost(s) 1.5 to 4.5
Contact: Duke Stryker, 360-874-3050
Description: Debris removal. Drivers can expect one-way alternating traffic with flaggers.
Work Schedule: 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27 through Thursday, March 2.

Highway: SR 302 Region: Olympic County: Mason Location: Milepost(s) 5.3 to 5.5
Contact: Duke Stryker, 360-874-3050
Description: Ditch maintenance. Drivers can expect one-way alternating traffic with flaggers.
Work Schedule: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, March 1-2.

Highway: SR 303 Region: Olympic County: Kitsap County Location: Milepost(s) 4.5
Contact: Tom Chrisman, 360-570-6746
Description: Utility infrastructure maintenance. Drivers can expect left turn lane closures on NE Fairgrounds Road and NE John Carlson Road.
Work Schedule: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. each weekday through Feb. 27.

Highway: SR 305 Region: Olympic County: Mason Location: Milepost(s) 7.7 to 9
Contact: Tom Chrisman, 570-6746
Description: Utility crews will conduct vegetation management. Eastbound rivers can expect shoulder closures.
Work Schedule: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each weekday March 1-15.


EVENTS 

Highway: SR 305 Region: Olympic County: Kitsap County Location: 5.2
Description: Cascade Bicycle Club's 'Chilly Hilly' bicycle ride. Drivers can expect riders crossing SR 305 at Hood Cove Road.
Schedule: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26.

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Mason County


View Mason County summer construction map  (pdf 436kb)


CONSTRUCTION

SR 3 - Belfair Area - Widening and Safety Improvements

Highway:
SR 3   Region: Olympic   County: Mason  Location: Milepost(s) 25.3 to 27
Contact: Michele Britton, 360-874-3010
Description: This widening project will extend the center turn lane and provide paved shoulders and sidewalks on both sides of SR 3. The improvements are intended to be built in two separate stages.
Project web page
Work schedule:
Drivers will encounter a temporary traffic shift so crews can make roadway improvements on the east side of State Route 3.
The highway has been restriped between NE Ridgepoint Boulevard and NE Old Clifton Road. Two lanes of traffic are shifted to the west side of the highway and the center turn lane is unavailable.

Drivers still have access to the left-turn lane from SR 3 to NE Old Clifton Road. The temporary traffic shift is expected to be in place through March. Inclement weather could lengthen that time.

In addition, drivers can also expect one-lane alternating traffic with flaggers each weeknight from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following morning.

SR 302 - N of E Victor Rd - Culvert Replacement

Highway: SR 302 Region: Olympic County: Mason  Location: Milepost(s) 4.5
Contact: Michele Britton, 360-874-3010
Description: Crews will replace two failing culverts and install infrastructure to help stabilize the highway.
Project web page
Work schedule:  This project remains on standby due to weather. Work requires seven consecutive days of dry weather.

MAINTENANCE 

Highway: US 101 Region: Olympic County: Mason Location: Milepost(s) 343.8
Contact: Chris Ehresmann, 360-570-6749
Description: Utility crews will install infrastructure. Drivers can expect day and night lane closures or traffic shifts.  
Work Schedule: See below.
From 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, drivers can expect northbound traffic shifts into the media. 

At 11 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Feb. 23-24, drivers can expect one-way alternating traffic, until 4 a.m. each following morning. 


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Pierce County


View Pierce County summer construction map (pdf 187kb)


CONSTRUCTION

Tacoma/Pierce County HOV Program

I-5 - M Street to Portland Avenue - HOV

Highway:
I-5 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 132.8 - 134.4 
Contact:
Gaius Sanoy, 253-365-6700
Description: This project rebuilds Pacific Avenue and McKinley Way bridges spanning I-5. It builds a new northbound SR 7/I-705 bridge, and widens I-5 to accommodate northbound and southbound HOV lanes from M Street to the vicinity of the L Street bridge.
Project web page

I-5 - SR 16 Realignment - HOV Structure and Connections
Highway(s):
I-5 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) SR 16 0.1 to .7 I-5 130.9 to 133.5 

Contact: Gaius Sanoy, 253-365-6700
Description: This project is the final of a three stage effort to rebuild the Nalley Valley interchange. During the final phase, crews will build ramps that create new HOV lanes between I-5 and SR 16. The project will also realign I-5 to accommodate HOV ramps.
Project web page

I-5 - Portland Avenue to Port of Tacoma Road - Northbound HOV

Highway:
I-5  Region: Olympic  County: Pierce  Location: Milepost(s) 134 - 136
Contacts: Brenden Clarke, 360-412-3420
Description: This project builds new HOV lanes on I-5 in Tacoma and Fife, and a new northbound I-5 Puyallup River Bridge. 
Project web page

Drivers who use the northbound State Route 7 ramp to northbound Interstate 5 will need to plan extra time into their commute.

Beginning 5 a.m. on Wednesday, March 1: 
Crews will begin removing the existing SR 7 ramp to northbound I-5. Once the old ramp is gone, crews will reconstruct a new realigned ramp that will join a newly widened I-5. Weather permitting, the around the clock closure is expected to last through the month of March.

During the closure, drivers will be detoured from 38th Street using Interstate 705 and State Route 509 back to northbound I-5.

Special note
Eastbound State Route 16 drivers using SR 7 as a detour will not be able to return to northbound I-5 via northbound SR 7.

Extended highway exit closure postponed
Rain and snow has again delayed the opening of the new northbound I-5 ramp to northbound State Route 167. If the forecast holds true, the work, which involves closing the existing northbound I-5 exit to northbound SR 167 for an entire weekend, will be rescheduled for 10 p.m. Friday, March 3 through 4 a.m. Monday, March 6.


Lane Closures:

  • During the overnight hours of Wednesday, March 1 and Thursday, March 2, all lanes of northbound I-5 near South 38th Street will be rerouted onto the parallel northbound I-5 collector/distributor and detoured via I-705 and SR 509. The closure hours are from 11:59 p.m. to 4 a.m. each following day.
  • Weeknight single- and double-lane closures on I-5 are also scheduled between Portland Avenue and L Street, 38th Street to 56th Street, and on eastbound State Route 16 to northbound I-5.

Ramp closures

The opening of the new northbound I-5 ramp to northbound SR 167 has been delayed for a second weekend due to weather. The work will be rescheduled for the next suitable weekend. Specific times and dates will be announced as they are identified.

Friday, Feb. 24
• East 28th Street on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 11:59 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following day.
Monday, Feb. 27
• South 38th Street on-ramp to northbound SR 7 will close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following day.
• Southbound I-705 ramp to northbound I-5 and southbound SR 7 will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. the following day.
• Southbound State Route 167 on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. the following day.
• East 28th Street on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. the following day.
Tuesday, Feb. 28
• South 38th Street on-ramp to northbound SR 7 will close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following day.
• Southbound I-705 ramp to northbound I-5 and southbound SR 7 will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. the following day.
• Southbound SR 167 on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. the following day.
• East 28th Street on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. the following day.
• Eastbound State Route 16 ramp to southbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. the following day.
Wednesday, March 1
• Northbound SR 7 ramp to northbound I-5 will close around the clock beginning at 5 a.m., Wed. March 1 through the end of the month.
• South 38th Street on-ramp to northbound SR 7 will close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following day.
• East 28th Street on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. the following day.
• Northbound I-5 exit to 20th Street East will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. the following day.
Thursday, March 2
• Bay Street on-ramp to northbound SR 167 (River Road) will close from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. the following day.
• Northbound I-5 exit to 20th Street East will close from 11:59 p.m. to 4 a.m. the following day.
Friday, March 3
• Southbound I-705 ramp to northbound I-5 and southbound SR 7 will close from 11:59 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following day.
• Northbound I-5 exit to Portland Avenue will close from 11 p.m. to 6a.m. the following day.
• East 28th Street on-ramp to northbound I-5 will close from 11:59 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following day.
Saturday, March 4
• Northbound I-5 exit to Portland Avenue will close from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. the following day.




I-5 Mounts Rd to Center Dr. - Auxiliary Lane Extension
Highway: I-5 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 116.3 to 119
Contact: Jon Keeth, 253-365-6700
Description: Crews will build a new auxiliary lane on northbound I-5 between Mounts Road and Center Drive.
Project web page.
Work Schedule: Drivers in both directions can expect night single- and double-lane closures and daytime shoulder closures. Most night lane closures begin at 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. the following day.

I-5, Point Defiance Bypass - Sound Transit Track and Signal, BNSF Railroad Bridge

Highway: I-5   Region: Olympic    County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 125 - 116 
Contact: Corrie Adams (Sound Transit), 206-903-7414
Description: Point Defiance Bypass Project will reroute passenger trains to an inland rail line along the west side of I-5 through south Tacoma, Lakewood, and DuPont.
Web page
Work schedule:  No I-5 lane or ramp closures scheduled.
 
Train testing along the Point Defiance Bypass train tracks is underway.  Trains will travel at speeds up to 79 mph in February and March.


SR , 15-17 OR Reg. Wide I/S Imp. Prog - Basic safety/Signing
Highway: SR 410 and SR 512 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) See below
Contact: Michele Britton, 360-874-3000
Description: Drivers can expect shoulder closes for sign installation activities at the following locations.

  • Both directions of SR 410 near Valley Avenue
  • Both directions of SR 410 near 166th Avenue
  • Westbound SR 410 near East Main Avenue
  • Eastbound SR 512 at Portland Avenue and Canyon Road


Work Schedule: 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each weekday through Friday, Marcy 3. 
DIRECTION: Both


MAINTENANCE  

Highway: SR 7 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 22.6
Contact: Chris Ehresmann, 360-570-6749
Description: Utility crews will install infrastructure. Drivers in both directions can expect shoulder closures.
Work Schedule: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each weekday through March 3. 

Highway: SR 16 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 9 to 5
Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
Description: Crews will close two lanes across the eastbound Tacoma Narrows Bridge for expansion joint repairs.
Work Schedule: 8 p.m. Friday, March 3, until 7 a.m. the following day.

Highway: SR 161 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 24
Contact: Chris Ehresmann, 360-570-6749
Description: Utility crews will repair asphalt following infrastructure installation. Drivers in both directions will encounter right lane closures.
Work schedule: 9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27 to 5 a.m. the following day. 

Highway: SR 512 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 9.8
Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
Description: Guardrail repair. Eastbound drivers can expect a right lane closure.
Work Schedule: 10:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27, until 4  a.m. the following day. 

Highway: SR 512 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 2.5
Contact: Jeff Hastings, 253-983-7550
Description: Guardrail repair. Drivers using the SR 7 on-ramp to eastbound SR 512 will encounter a left lane closure.
Work Schedule: 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, until 4 a.m. the following day.

Highway: SR 702 Region: Olympic County: Pierce Location: Milepost(s) 0 to 9.3
Contact: Chris Ehresmann, 360-570-6749
Description: Utility company will install communications line. Drivers can expect one-way alternating traffic and shoulder closures as needed.
Work schedule: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each weekday through March 17. 

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Thurston County


View Thurston County summer construction map  (pdf 249kb)

CONSTRUCTION 

No scheduled impacts.

MAINTENANCE 


No scheduled impacts.

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

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Last revised on February 24, 2017