Road Construction on State Highways 7/9/17 to 7/15/17

The following is a summary of road construction and maintenance scheduled on state highways around Mason County and adjoining areas from July 9, 2017 to July 15, 2017.


SR 119 (Lake Cushman Road) chip seal 
Highway: SR 119 Region: Olympic County: Mason Location: Milepost(s)
Description: Crews will resurface portions of SR 119 in areas between milepost .08 to 7.2
Work schedule: Drivers can expect reduced speed limits to 35 mph in the work zones. Drivers can expect one-way alternating traffic with a pilot car on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

SR 3 – Belfair Area – Widening and Safety ImprovementsHighway: SR 3   Region: Olympic   County: Mason  Location: Milepost(s) 25.3 to 27
Description: This widening project extended the center turn lane and provided paved shoulders and sidewalks on both sides of SR 3.
Project web page
Work schedule:  As crews work to complete final paving, drivers may encounter long delays due to one-way alternating traffic from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, July  10-14. The one-way alternating traffic will continue until 4 a.m. each following day.

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.


Highway: SR 3 Region: Olympic County: Mason Location: Milepost(s) 12.6 to 12.8
Description: Utility work. Drivers can expect alternating one-way traffic with flaggers.
Work Schedule: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each weekday until Wednesday, July 12.

Highway: SR 3 Region: Olympic County: Mason Location: Milepost(s) 10.5 to 10.9
Description: Crack sealing. Drivers can expect alternating one-way traffic with flaggers.
Work Schedule: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, July 13.

Highway: US 101 Region: Olympic County: Mason Location: Milepost(s) 345.6 
Description: Utility crews will relocate natural gas pipeline. Drivers using Wallace Kneeland Boulevard on-ramp to southbound US 101 will encounter right shoulder closures and brief traffic stops. Drivers using southbound US 101 will also encounter right shoulder closures.
Work Schedule: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each weekday through Friday, July 21.

Highway: SR 108 Region: Olympic County: Grays Harbor Location: Milepost(s) 2 to 12
Description: Vegetation management.
Work Schedule: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, July 10-12. Drivers will encounter right shoulder and occasional lane closures for mobile operation.

Highway: US 101 Region: Olympic County: Thurston Location: Milepost(s) 357 to 359
Description: Utility crews will maintain infrastructure. Northbound right shoulder closure.
Work Schedule: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each weekday through Friday, July 14.

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.