Road Construction on State Highways 7/30/17 to 8/5/17

The following is a summary of road construction and maintenance scheduled on state highways around Mason County and adjoining areas from July 23, 2017 to August 5, 2017.

CONSTRUCTION

Install Rumble Strips
Highway: 
SR 3  Region: Olympic County: Mason Location: milepost(s)14.7 to 23.9
Description: Rumble strip installation and pavement marking. Drivers can expect to encounter one-way alternating traffic with pilot cars.
Work Schedule: 7 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. Monday through Saturday.

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:  Drivers may encounter occasional night one-way alternating traffic.

SR 119 (Lake Cushman Road) chip seal 
Highway: SR 119 Region: Olympic County: Mason Location: Milepost(s) 0 to 7.2
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 8 p.m.
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.

Install Rumble Strips
Highway: 
US 101 Region: Olympic County: Jefferson Location: milepost(s) 284.8 to 306.5
Description: Rumble strip installation and pavement marking. Drivers can expect to encounter one-way alternating traffic with pilot cars.
Work Schedule: 7 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. Monday through Saturday.

MAINTENANCE

Highway: US 101 Region: Olympic County: Mason Location: Milepost(s)355
Description: Asphalt preservation. Northbound right lane closures.
Work Schedule: 9 p.m. Thursday, July 27 to 4 a.m. Friday, July 28.

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 300 Region: Olympic County: Mason Location: Milepost(s) 0 to 3.2
Description: Utility crews will conduct vegetation management. One-way alternating traffic.
Work Schedule: 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. each Monday through Thursday through Thursday, Aug. 3.

Highway: SR 108 Region: Olympic County: Grays Harbor Location: Milepost(s) 2 to 12
Description: Vegetation management. Drivers can expect to encounter intermittent lane closures for mobile operation.
Work Schedule: 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, August 3.

Highway: US 101 Region: Olympic County: Thurston Location: Milepost(s) 367
Description: Ditch maintenance. Southbound drivers can expect right shoulder closures.
Work Schedule: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, July 31-Aug. 1.

Highway: US 101 Region: Olympic County: Thurston Location: Milepost(s) 367
Description: Expansion joint maintenance. Southbound drivers can expect left lane closures.
Work Schedule: 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3, through 5 a.m. Friday, Aug. 4.

Highway: US 101 Region: Olympic County: Thurston Location: Milepost(s) 366 to 367
Description: Traffic sensor maintenance. Right lane closures in both directions.
Work Schedule: 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3, through 5 a.m. Friday, Aug. 4.

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.

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