SR 161 - SR 7 to N of Trek Drive E - Chip Seal

Project news

  • Crews will make roadway repairs first followed by chip sealing. 
  • Updated construction information for this project is available on Pierce and Thurston County travel planner.
  • Before heading out the door, travelers can find the latest information on the WSDOT app and by following the WSDOT regional Twitter feed.

Beginning June 2021, contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will resurface 4.42 miles of SR 161 on either side of Eatonville.

The pavement on these two sections of the highway are nearing the end of their useful life. This project will preserve and extend the life of the asphalt, and provide a smoother ride for travelers.

What can drivers expect?

  • Daytime lane closures and alternating one-way traffic controlled by flaggers or pilot cars weekdays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m..
  • Reduced speed limit from 55 mph to 35 mph in work zones on SR 161 from mileposts 0 to 2.5 and 7.01 to 8.93.

Needs & benefits

  • Preserves infrastructure and extends the life of the highway.
  • Reduces the need for costly emergency repairs and unexpected closures.


  • March 2021 - Project awarded to Doolittle Construction, LLC
  • June 2021 - Construction begins
  • September 2021 - Construction ends


Financial Data for PIN 316102C
Funding Source Amount ($ in thousands)
2003 Gas Tax (Nickel Funding) $0
2005 Gas Tax (TPA) $0
Pre-Existing Funds (PEF) $852
CWA $0
Total $852


John Romero
Project Engineer

Cara Mitchell
WSDOT Olympic Region
Media Relations

Project map for chip seal on SR 161 around Eatonville