Highway 101 will be closed at the rock scaling zone on Friday, November 17 from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm for paving. Paving through the rock scaling zone is necessary due to major potholes created in the road from falling rocks. The road damage is slowing traffic to the point that very few cars are able to get through the timed traffic light during non-work hours resulting in fewer cars making it through in between timed delays.
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 in order to mitigate future traffic delays.
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.
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.
Maps of the area and access information are available on the park website at www.nps.gov/olym/planyourvisit/lake-crescent-highway-101-rehabilitation-2017-19.htm.