It will soon be easier for travelers in the Taylor Towne area of Mason County to access US 101 from Lynch Road, thanks to the addition of acceleration lanes in both directions.
The Washington State Department of Transportation designed the project to help reduce the potential for collisions and improve traffic flow. Each acceleration lane is approximately a quarter-mile in length, which is similar to four football fields. Both are intended to help Lynch Road drivers reach highway speeds before merging onto the highway.
The project also will create better sight distance for drivers stopped at Lynch Road turning left towards Olympia. Additional improvements include new highway illumination, additional guardrail and drainage systems.
As MasonWebTV Powered by HCC first reported over the weekend, preliminary work is scheduled to being Monday, Aug. 20; the project should be complete in the fall.
As work progresses, late night and early morning drivers can expect total closures of the US 101 median accessing Lynch Road. Detours will be provided. Drivers can also expect day single-lane closures in both directions of US 101. The speed limit in both directions will be reduced to 40 mph during work activities.
Crews could work seven days a week.
MasonWebTV Powered by HCC asked the WSDOT about a left turn lane from southbound 101 originally planned north of Lynch Road near the drive-in theater. According to officials, the left turn lane is no longer in the plans: “We heard from a lot of people who did not appreciate the option where southbound traffic turns across northbound US 101 near the drive in theater via a new turn lane. We have since modified plans into this current option.”