Road Construction on State Highways 5/28/17 to 6/3/17

The following is a summary of road construction and maintenance scheduled on state highways around Mason County and adjoining areas from May 28, 2017 to June 3, 2017.

CONSTRUCTION

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 by constructing bridges across the Middle and East Forks of Wildcat Creek.
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 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, portions of westbound SR 8 will reduce 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 short-term traffic stops for trucks entering and leaving the work zone between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Traffic has been shifted to the west at the intersection of Clifton Rd. and SR 3 to allow for the widening work.

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 is 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 permanent repairs can be made.
Project web page
Work schedule: Due to additional erosion, WSDOT has changed the construction strategy for this project. Repairs will now require a partial realignment of the highway away from the water. The new conditions and subsequent repairs now require a 15 day around-the-clock closure to all traffic. The closure initially had been seven days. The pending 15 day closure has not been scheduled. WSDOT will give advance notice before the roadway closes to all traffic.

MAINTENANCE

Highway: SR 3 Region: Olympic County: Mason Location: Milepost(s) 4 to 4.1
Description: Catch basin repair. Drivers can expect one-way alternating traffic with flaggers.
Schedule: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday, May 22-25.

Highway: US 101 Region: Olympic County: Mason Location: Milepost(s) 336.7 to 337
Description: Utility line maintenance. Drivers can expect southbound right shoulder closure.
Work Schedule: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, May 30-June 1.

Highway: US 101 Region: Olympic County: Thurston Location: Milepost(s) 362.5 to 363
Description: Bridge inspection. Drivers can expect to encounter a southbound left lane closure.
Work Schedule: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 30.

Highway: US 101 Region: Olympic County: Thurston Location: Milepost(s) 363.7 to 362.5
Description: Bridge inspection. Drivers can expect to encounter a northbound left lane closure.
Work Schedule: 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 30.

Highway: US 101 Region: Olympic County: Jefferson Location: Milepost(s) 273 to 293
Description: Asphalt preservation. Drivers can expect alternating one-way traffic with flaggers and occasional traffic stops.
Work Schedule: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, May 22-June 2, except Monday, May 29.

Highway: US 101 Region: Olympic County: Jefferson Location: Milepost(s) 275 to 293
Contact: Steve Russell, 360-565-0680
Description: Catch basin cleaning. Drivers can expect one-way alternating traffic and shoulder closures.
Work Schedule: 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday through May 25.

Highway:
 US 101 Region: Olympic County: Jefferson Location: Milepost(s) 281.5 to 282
Description: Utility crews will install infrastructure. Drivers can expect shoulder closures.
Work Schedule: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each weekday through Monday, June 5, except Monday, May 29.

EVENT

Hood to Coast Relay and Ultra
Highway:
US 107 Region: Olympic County: Mason Location: Milepost(s) 7.9
Highway: US 108 Region: Olympic County: Mason Location: Milepost(s) 11.6 to 11.9
Description: Drivers can expect to encounter delays at intersections as runners cross.
Work Schedule: 4 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 3.

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.