Road Construction on State Highways 4/30/17 to 5/6/17

The following is a summary of road construction and maintenance scheduled on state highways around Mason County and adjoining areas from April 30, 2017 to May 6, 2017.


SR 8 – Middle and East Forks Wildcat Creek – Remove Fish Barriers
Highway: SR 8 Region: Olympic County: Grays Harbor Location: Milepost(s) 4.3 to 7.5
Description: Crews will remove barriers to fish.
Project web page
Work schedule: Westbound SR 8 is reconfigured to accommodate both directions of traffic. The SR 8 speed limit in the area is now reduced to 45 mph. This reconfiguration is illustrated in this YouTube video.

The intersection of SR 8 and SR 108 in McCleary is closed to all traffic around the clock through summer 2019. During the closure, drivers headed to McCleary will be directed to the Mox Chehalis Road interchange.

SR 8 W of Old Sand Crk. Rd. to Jct. US 101 – Paving
Highway: 8 Region: Olympic County: Thurston Location: Milepost(s) 6.75 – 11.5 and 17.25 – 20.63
Description: Crews will repave sections of SR 8 between US 101 in Thurston County and McCleary.
Work Schedule: While work is under way, westbound SR 8 will be reduced to one lane. The single-lane closures are scheduled to occur between 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. each weekday. Weather permitting, the work will be complete before July.

SR 3 – Belfair Area – Widening and Safety Improvements

Highway: SR 3   Region: Olympic   County: Mason  Location: Milepost(s) 25.3 to 27
Description: This widening project will extend the center turn lane and provide paved shoulders and sidewalks on both sides of SR 3. The improvements are intended to be built in two separate stages.
Project web page
Work schedule:
Drivers can expect traffic shifts at the intersection of Clifton Road and SR 3 and work during the hours of 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. during weekdays.

Crews may be paving on Friday, April 14. Drivers can expect short-term traffic stops for trucks entering and leaving the work zone between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.

SR 302 – N of E Victor Rd – Culvert Replacement

Highway: SR 302 Region: Olympic County: Mason  Location: Milepost(s) 4.5
Description: Crews will replace two failing culverts and install infrastructure to help stabilize the highway.
Until further notice, SR 302 near Victor has been reduced to a single lane with traffic being controlled by a signal. The speed limit is also reduced to 25 mph. These temporary measures will be in effect until dry weather allows crews to re-establish two lanes of traffic.
Project web page
Work schedule:  This project remains on standby due to weather. Work requires seven consecutive days of dry weather. Due to a slide condition, the roadway has been reduced to a single lane.


Highway: US 101 Region: Olympic County: Thurston Location: Milepost(s) 357
Description: Utility crews will install infrastructure. Northbound drivers can expect to encounter a shoulder closure.
Work Schedule: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each weekday through Friday, May, 12.

Tips for Driving Through Work Zones

  • Pay attention – Driver inattention is the number one cause of work zone accidents.
  • Leave room between you and the car ahead of you – Most work zone accidents involve someone running into the car ahead of them. Drive defensively – be aware of what is happening around you.
  • Merge before you reach the work zone.
  • Don’t use cell phones or adjust your radio while driving through the work zone.