OLYMPIA, Wash. - The Washington State Department of Transportation reports at 10 p.m. on both Monday, July 22, and Tuesday, July 23, construction crews will close all lanes of southbound US 101 for two miles between Steamboat Island Road and State Route 8 for asphalt grinding and paving. Motorists will be routed around the closure on a detour that uses State Routes 108 and 8. The detour is 26 miles long and adds about 30 minutes to drivers’ trips. Southbound US 101 will reopen each following morning by 4 a.m.
The closure is part of a paving project that will rehabilitate the right lanes of southbound US 101 for a 10-mile stretch between SR 108 and Evergreen Parkway north of Olympia. Work will continue through August, with frequent single-lane closures during night hours on southbound and northbound US 101.
In addition to night single-lane closures, the project requires four total southbound US 101 closures overnight. The closures on Monday and Tuesday will be the second and third such closure. The fourth total southbound closure will be announced as it is scheduled.
The asphalt work is weather-dependent. In the event of inclement weather, the work and closures will be postponed.