US 101 - Morse Creek Vicinity - Safety Improvements - Complete July 2021

Project news


US 101 between Sequim and Port Angeles is the main highway that connects people and goods across the Olympic Peninsula. Over the years, WSDOT has seen an increase in serious cross-over style collisions at Morse Creek, prompting officials to take a closer look. In collaboration with the local community, WSDOT traffic engineers conducted a safety analysis of the highway at Morse Creek in an effort to reduce the probability and severity of cross-over collisions. The analysis recommendations included constructing a raised, landscaped median, implementing a reduced speed limit of 40 mph, and other proven traffic calming measures. WSDOT plans to make these recommended improvements beginning in April of 2021.

Why is WSDOT making safety improvements to US 101 at Morse Creek?

WSDOT takes traveler safety seriously. US 101 near Cottonwood Lane in Port Angeles has a history of collisions along the highway. Crews will construct a "boulevard-style" solution to slowing travelers, along with implementing a targeted speed limit reduction. Additionally, the travel lanes will be reduced from 12-feet to 11-feet to encourage slower travel speeds. Expect overnight lane closures from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. each Monday through Thursday.

Needs & benefits

  • Improves mobility and safety for all modes of travel 
  • Reduces high travel speeds while encouraging safe travel behaviors
  • Reduces probability and severity of collisions of cross-over style collisions


  • Feb. 2019 – Safety analysis completed
  • Sept. 2020 – Contract advertised for competitive bids
  • Oct. 2020 – Contract awarded to Active Construction, Inc.
  • April 2021  - Construction begins
  • July 2021 – Most work complete 
  • Oct. 2021 - Final planting in median complete


This safety project was designed and constructed for $2.8 million. 


Dan McKernan
WSDOT Port Angeles Project Engineer

Tina Werner
WSDOT Media Relations 

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US 101 at Morse Creek near Port Angeles