Public Input Sought On Upcoming Rehabilitation of U.S. Highway 101 Around Lake Crescent
Olympic National Park, together with the Federal Highway Administration is seeking public input on the proposed rehabilitation of U.S. Highway 101 within the park’s Lake Crescent area. Highway 101 is a primary artery for travel between the eastern and western sides of the Olympic Peninsula and provides access to one of the most popular areas in Olympic National Park.
The proposed rehabilitation project will include resurfacing the 12.3-mile section of road, replacing over 44,000 linear feet of guardrail and replacing drainage structures and retaining walls.
Rehabilitation work is slated to begin in 2017, but the schedule is still subject to change. Condition assessments of the road have already been underway and will contribute important information to the rehabilitation project.
An Environmental Assessment is being prepared to analyze effects of rehabilitating the road. Several preliminary alternative concepts are being considered and include a variety of proposed construction schedules and other measures to mitigate traffic impacts. The EA is slated for release and public review this fall.
“The Lake Crescent Highway is a vital travel corridor and is extremely important to the regional economy and quality of life,” said Olympic National Park Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum. “Rehabilitating the road is crucial for providing a safe and reliable travel route for area residents and visitors.”
For more information about this project visit http://parkplanning.nps.gov/Hwy101LC or call the park at 360-565-3005.
Public comments should be submitted at that website by June 7, 2015.
Comments may also be sent to the following address by June 7, 2015.
Superintendent – Highway 101 EA Scoping
Olympic National Park
600 East Park Avenue
Port Angeles, WA 98362