With warmer weather comes road construction and there are several projects planned around Mason County that will impact travel this coming construction season. Last Thursday, the Shelton Mason County Chamber of Commerce brought together officials from the Washington State Department of Transportation, Mason County and the City of Shelton to talk about their current and upcoming construction projects.
WSDOT Olympic Region Administrator John Wynands started the conversation. Wynands talked about the State’s gas tax, the recently completed widening of Highway 3 through Belfair, scheduled repairs to the U.S. Highway 101 bridge over Kennedy Creek, planned chip sealing on State Route 102 from U.S. Highway 101 to the Washington Corrections Center, culvert replacement where Coffee Creek goes under U.S. Highway 101, improvements to the U.S. Highway 101/Lynch Road interchange in Taylor Towne, and the Belfair Bypass.
Allan Eaton, Assistant Road Operations & Maintenance Manager form Mason County Public Works, discussed striping the County’s roads, chip sealing 50 miles of county roads this year (mainly in the southwest corner of the County, in the Haven/Wooten Lake areas and Spencer Lake), planned improvements to Matlock Brady Road, safety improvements to Bear Creek Dewatto Road and Arcadia Road, constructing a sidewalk on Old Belfair Highway from the four-way stop north to the HUB for Seniors, scheduled overlays and patching on Johns Prairie Road and Mason Lake Road. Eaton also touched upon the traffic policing, the County’s annual construction plan and planning for improvements to Skokomish Valley Road, Trails Road and the possibility of a Belfair Connector.
The final speaker was City of Shelton Public Works Director Craig Gregory who talked about the City’s plans to pave at least 20 blocks of streets this year, improvements to Turner Street, the 100 percent funded Basin 3 and what is called the Downtown Connector which is improvements on Alder Street and Olympic Highway North that include a round-a-bout at 1st and Alder, a bus pullout at 8th Street, sidewalk and parking improvements, and traffic calming efforts.