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US 101 - Elwha River Bridge - Bridge Replacement

Project overview

WSDOT will replace the US 101 Elwha River Bridge in Port Angeles after serving the community for nearly a century. Replacing the bridge will ensure that the US 101 route continues to be a reliable transportation facility for decades to come.

The new bridge will be 40 feet wide and accommodate two 12-foot lanes with two-8 foot shoulders (the current bridge is 28 feet wide). A wider bridge will create a more comfortable crossing for travelers and provide adequate shoulder room for bicyclists and pedestrians. Additionally, the new alignment with US 101/Olympic Hot Springs Road will have a more gentle curvature, with a higher design speed (35 mph) at the east end of the bridge.

April 2023 - December 2024
Project status
$42 Million
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What to expect

The new bridge is open to traffic. Work continues as crews will now begin demolishing the old bridge and continue installing engineered log jams. The new bridge will also get permanent striping, permanent signing and a high friction surface treatment. Travelers will see occasional one-way alternating traffic with flaggers during work hours.

The US 101 Elwha River Bridge sits at the heart of the Olympic Peninsula, and is a major lifeline for travelers between Forks and Port Angeles.