Olympic National Park News Release
Penny Wagner 360-565-3005
Lake Crescent Highway 101 to Close Beginning Monday for Public Safety Until Completion of Rock Scaling Work
Due to traffic safety concerns through the rock scaling zone the Federal Highway Administration has recommended a full closure for Highway 101 until the rock scaling is completed. The full closure is scheduled to begin Monday at 6:00 am and anticipated to last for up to four days.
During the full closure Highway 101 eastbound from Forks will remain open up to the turn for Barnes Point where Lake Crescent Lodge, Storm King Information Station, NatureBridge, and the trailheads are located. Highway 101 westbound from Port Angeles will remain open up to mile marker 223/East Beach Road. Travelers to the western side of the peninsula can use SR 112 as an alternate route during the closure.
“Public and worker safety is of utmost importance,” said Olympic National Park Acting Superintendent Lee Taylor. “As much as we regret the inconvenience, the closure of Highway 101 at Lake Crescent is necessary until the rock scaling work is complete.”
Olympic National Park officials and project partners at the Federal Highway Administration made the decision to close Highway 101 in the rock scaling zone to all traffic for public safety. The full closure, including after work hours, will expedite the completion of rock scaling work and ensure the safety of the public until the scaling is complete.
Construction work will continue during the closure on other portions of the project outside the rock scaling area and travelers on Highway 101 at Lake Crescent should continue to expect half-hour delays Monday through Friday during work hours. Weekday work hours from April 1 through September 23 are restricted to two hours after sunrise to two hours before sunset. Traveling in the morning before 8:30 am and after 5:45 pm can help travelers avoid the half-hour delays.
Maps of the area and access information are available on the park website at www.nps.gov/olym/planyourvisit/lake-crescent-highway-101-rehabilitation-....
East Beach Road
- Paving operations on East Beach Road are underway.
- September 8: Paving patches on East Beach Road, expect half-hour delays throughout the work day from 8:40 am to 5:40 pm.
- September 11-15: Paving bottom lift on East Beach Road (left half/right half), expect half-hour delays throughout the work day from 8:45 am to 5:30 pm.
- September 18-20: Top lift paving, full road width. 10-hour closures with no through traffic; local resident access only. Areas to be paved each day are to be announced. Log Cabin Resort will remain open and signage will direct traffic to Log Cabin Resort via SR 112 to Joyce-Piedmont Road or from east Beach Road depending on the location of paving operations.
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Acting Public Information Officer
Olympic National Park
600 East Park Avenue
Port Angeles, WA 98362-6798
Office: (360) 565-3005