Spring and summer 2023, construction crews working for WSDOT repaired and replaced worn sections of asphalt on eastbound State Route 8 and on SR 108. The work on SR 8 occurred between US 12 in Grays Harbor County and US 101 in Thurston County. Crews also repaved a portion of westbound SR 8 in Thurston County between US 101 and Winslow Drive Southwest. In addition, half of a mile of SR 108/West Simpson Avenue was repaved in both directions in McCleary from SR 8 to East Fork Wildcat Creek.
What to expect
WSDOT'S contractor, Tucci & Sons Inc., closed lanes both day and night on SR 8 and SR 108 to grind out the old asphalt and install a fresh surface. Travelers saw an eastbound SR 8 work zone. The work zone was between US 12 in Elma (Grays Harbor County) and US 101 in Thurston County west of Mud Bay. Crews replaced the asphalt on about 21-miles in the left lane. Workers replaced 5-miles of asphalt in the right lane. They also replaced the asphalt on about three miles in the left lane of westbound SR 8.
On SR 108/West Simpson Avenue, travelers saw one-lane of alternating traffic during the night while crews repaved the roadway. The SR8/SR 108 Junction closed to keep people moving on SR 8. Travelers heading to and from McCleary detoured via Mox Chehalis Road.
A temporary speed limit reduction was in place on SR 8 during the project. The 60 mph speed limit was reduced to 45 mph from milepost 0 to 20.63.