HOQUIAM – Construction zone signs are set and work is ready to begin on a project that improves safety and gives motorists a smoother ride on a 43-mile stretch of US 101 in Grays Harbor County. This project, awarded to Doolittle Construction, LLC out of Bellevue back in April, chip-seals and adds centerline rumble strips to US 101 from Hoquiam to Amanda Park. Work is set for completion by the end of September.
For the next two and a half months, motorists can expect delays and one-way, alternating traffic on US 101 from South of the West Hoquiam River Bridge to just north of the Boulder Creek Bridge. Work hours are 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Chip-sealing repairs pavement damage and extends the life of the roadway. The treatment also improves safety for motorists by providing a smoother, skid-resistant driving surface. Centerline rumble strips are grooves or rows of raised pavement markers placed perpendicular to the direction of travel. As a vehicle passes over the rumble strips, noise and vibration are produced alerting inattentive drivers when they are crossing over into on-coming traffic. For more information on the chip-seal process, visit www.wsdot.wa.gov/regions/eastern/chipseal. You can also visit http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Design/Policy/RumbleStrips.htm to learn about rumble strips.