Road Construction on State Highways 5/14/17 to 5/20/17

The following is a summary of road construction and maintenance scheduled on state highways around Mason County and adjoining areas from May 14, 2017 to May 20, 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:  Beginning at 9 a.m. Wednesday, May 3, both directions of traffic will shift onto a newly paved portion of SR 3 between Northeast Clifton Lane and the northern end of Belfair. The temporary revision will keep traffic moving while crews continue resurfacing the highway.

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: Mason Location: Milepost(s) 330 to 331, 338 to 339
Description: Utility work. Drivers can expect alternating one-way traffic.
Work Schedule: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, May 16-18.

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.

SR 108 Region: Olympic County: Grays Harbor Location: Milepost(s) 0 to 12.
Description: Sign and guide post washing. Drivers in both directions may encounter right or left lane closures.
Work Schedule: 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, May 15.

Highway: SR 8 Region: Olympic County: Grays Harbor Location: Milepost(s) 0 to 16
Description: Sign washing and guidepost repair.
Work Schedule: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, May 18. Drivers in each direction will encounter right or left lane closures.

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.