Road Construction on State Highways 9/17/17 to 9/23/17

The following is a summary of road construction and maintenance scheduled on state highways around Mason County and adjoining areas from September 17, 2017 to September 23, 2017.

Night owl drivers using State Route 3 in Mason County may want to consider rescheduling or delaying trips overnight on Sept. 22th. A slow moving oversized load will travel southbound on SR 3 from milepost 8.5 to milepost 7.5, which is approximately between Agate Road and Mason Lake Road.

During the journey, the oversized load will occupy both lanes and travel at just 5 mph.

If possible, drivers are encouraged to consider delaying or rescheduling trips to help avoid delays. If you must go, allow plenty of extra time or use alternate routes.

Work Schedule: 11:59 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, to 5 a.m. Friday, Sept. 29


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 3 – Belfair Area – Widening and Safety Improvements
 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.


Highway: SR 108 Region: Olympic County: Mason Location: Milepost(s) 10.7 to 10.9
Description: One-way alternating traffic for debris removal. Drivers can expect up to 5-minute delays.
Work Schedule: 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21.

Highway: SR 3 Region: Olympic County: Kitsap Location: Milepost(s) 32.5 to 33.9
Description: Utility crews will conduct vegetation management. Westbound drivers can expect a single-lane closure.
Work Schedule: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each weekday through Oct. 25.

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.