Highway repairs and preservation work to bring reduced speed limit
CHIMACUM – Travelers who use State Route 104 near Chimacum in Jefferson County will want to plan extra time Aug. 8-12. Washington State Department of Transportation crews will perform preservation work on a 3.8-mile section of the highway between US 101 and State Route 19.
What travelers can expect
On Monday, Aug. 8, through Friday, Aug. 12, travelers will see one-way alternating traffic controlled by flaggers from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. A pilot car will lead travelers through the work zone, which extends between mileposts 2 and 5.8.
Drivers can expect delays of at least 15 minutes and will see the speed limit reduced to 35 mph around the clock throughout the week. While driving through the work zone, please slow down and avoid distractions to help keep everyone safe.
WSDOT anticipates miles-long backups in both directions. Because of this, travelers are highly encouraged to:
- Consider traveling early in the morning or late in the day if possible.
- Reschedule or combine discretionary travel.
- Use transit, carpool, or work from home or remote office locations if possible.
The work will include chip sealing of existing pavement. Chip sealing is cost-effective, requires relatively minimal closures and will extend the useful life of the roadway for years to come.
The Pacific Northwest has a very short window for essential road repairs. This level of resurfacing work to repair and preserve highways requires dry and warm weather. It cannot be done during the region’s cool rainy season. This work may be rescheduled if it rains.