WSDOT teams with WSP to keep Shelton road construction safe

Motorists traveling through the area are directed onto a 10 mile detour that uses Brockdale Road, McReavy Road, Dalby Road and State Route 106. Only those residents who access their homes as far as East Purdy Cutoff Road/Skokomish Valley Road on the north end of the construction zone, or East Eagle Point Drive on the south end of the construction zone, are allowed beyond the detour points. 

 US 101 detour around Purdy Canyon closure

“We understand that the detour is inconvenient and that motorists are tempted to stay on US 101,” said Olympic Region Administrator Kevin Dayton. “But safety has to take precedence. I’m talking about the safety of both the motorists and construction crews. A lot of activity is going on out there, and the added hazard of unexpected traffic puts everyone at risk.” 

More than 300 dump truck loads of soil are removed from the construction zone each night as crews work to stabilize a slide-prone hillside along Purdy Canyon. Throughout the project, crews will remove 76,000 cubic yards of soil as they carve a new face into the hillside. 

Under a contract with WSDOT, state troopers will increase their presence through the remainder of the project, which is scheduled to last through November. “Fines can range up to several hundred dollars for driving through a work zone,” said WSP Captain Chris Old. “It’s both safer and cheaper to simply follow the detour signage.” 

Between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. each day, one lane of traffic is allowed through the construction zone. A temporary signal is used to direct one-way traffic.