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The Project – US 101 Port Angeles area paving

WSDOT will repave US 101 near Port Angeles from East Kolonels Way to Shore Road. A Complete Streets review is part of this pre-design. We will look for lower-cost options to make the roadway safer for pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit riders. Some or all these options may become part of the paving project.

US 101 Morse Creek vicinity safety project

An aerial map highlighting the area from Morse Creek to the Powerlines for the safety application of a High Friction Surface Treatment substance to give vehicle tires better traction in wet weather on roadway curves.
US 101 Safety Project – Morse Creek to the Powerlines near Port Angeles

A Safety Project on US 101 from Morse Creek to the Powerlines is included with the Port Angeles paving project. The best time to apply a spot application of the High Friction Surface Treatment is directly following the repaving of the highway. In wet weather conditions, this tacky substance helps vehicle tires grip the roadway surface when negotiating sharp curves and addresses lane departure type crashes.

US 101 Port Angeles area posted speed limits

Aerial map showing the five-mile paving area with the posted speed limits.
An aerial photo of the US 101 Port Angeles paving area showing the posted speed limits.

A five-mile segment of US 101 in the Port Angeles area will be repaved. The posted speed limit on US 101 is 40 mph and 55 mph. Due to the sharp curves and hills in the East Kolonels Way to Deer Park Road segment, the posted speed limit on US 101 is reduced to 40 mph. The posted speed increases to 55 mph from Deer Park to Shore Road. The Level of Traffic Stress for this segment is LTS 4 which is the most stressful for bicyclists and pedestrians and accommodates only one percent of the riders and general population.

Port Angeles area on-highway transit stop locations

A aerial map showing 16 on-highway transit stops along US 101 between the East Kolonels Way and the Shore Road intersections

In the Port Angeles paving area, there are 16 on-highway transit stops along US 101 between the East Kolonels Way and the Shore Road intersections. Land use changes are bringing more housing opportunities and pedestrians into this rural area. WSDOT will look to address any access or highway crossing needs to better serve these transit stops.

Port Angeles paving area Complete Streets options to consider

The following three Complete Streets options may be added to the Port Angeles paving project. These concepts are subject to modifications in the design phase.

A. East Kolonels Way intersection improvements

An aerial graphic depicting the East Kolonels Way intersection showing the location of the new bike lanes, sidewalk landing and curb ramp upgrades, the removal of the eastbound right-turn lane, and the fourth leg of the intersection crosswalk.
Complete Streets option A: the East Kolonels Way intersection improvements including new bike lanes, sidewalk landing and curb ramp upgrades, the removal of the eastbound right-turn lane, and the fourth leg of the intersection crosswalk.

These intersection improvements focus on bicycle and pedestrian enhancements. Walmart is on the north side and The Dollar Tree is on the south side of the highway. Removing the eastbound right-turn lane into Westport Yachts reduces the crossing distance in the highway. Travel lanes will be reduced to 11 feet. Highway shoulders in this area will become a dedicated space to ride. They feature seven-foot bike lanes (five-foot lane with a two-foot painted buffer).  Traffic signal enhancements allow pedestrians to establish their presence in the crosswalk by crossing prior to vehicle turning movements. The cost estimate is $1.6 million.

B. North Masters Road bicycle improvements

An aerial map showing the new bicycle lane on North Masters Road and new access connection behind the Koenig Subaru property to the Olympic Discovery Trail
Complete Streets option B: new bike lanes and an access connection to the Olympic Discovery Trail off North Masters Road

This option has a new bike lane and access connection to the Olympic Discovery Trail at North Masters Road. This removes pedestrians and bicyclists from the sharp curves and hills on US 101. A new seven-foot bike lane is proposed for North Masters Road to just beyond the Koenig Subaru property. The bike lane will connect active transportation user with a new access to the Olympic Discovery Trail. The cost estimate is $5 million.

C. Old Olympic Highway two-lane roundabout improvement

An aerial map with a two-lane roundabout drawn in at the intersection of US 101 and Old Olympic Highway/O'Brien Road near Port Angeles.
Complete Streets option C: a two-lane roundabout on US 101 at Old Olympic Highway near Port Angeles.

This option builds a two-lane roundabout at the Old Olympic Highway/O’Brien Road intersection. Assessing US 101 at this location is difficult. You must cross the highway halfway and then wait for an opportunity to merge. We will coordinate with transit on the preferred locations for the intersection transit stops. The cost estimate is $5.4 million.

Port Angeles paving area future options to consider

The following two future options to consider are a placeholder for funding the final Level of Traffic Stress Two improvements that may accommodate most riders and people.

A. Future options to consider: East Kolonels Way two-lane roundabout

Aerial map with a two-lane roundabout graphic drawn on top at the intersection on US 101 at East Kolonels Way near Port Angeles.
Future option A: two-lane roundabout on US 101 at East Kolonels Way

This future two-lane roundabout at East Kolonels Way intersection features crosswalks on all four legs of the intersection and sidewalks. We will coordinate with transit on the preferred location for the intersection transit stops. The roundabout will operate at a good level of service. Few delays are anticipated even with future growth. The cost estimate is $7 million.

B. Future options to consider: North Masters Road two-lane roundabout

An aerial map with a two-lane roundabout drawn on it at the intersection of US 101 and N Masters Road.
Future option B: two-lane roundabout on US 101 at North Masters Road

This two-lane roundabout at the North Masters Road intersection will feature crosswalks, and sidewalks. The roundabout provides a crossing opportunity for pedestrians and bicyclists. Currently, there is no traffic light or four-way stop here. The cost estimate is $4 million.

Funding

This paving segment is funded through the Roadway Preservation Program. This project, along with the Carlsborg and Sequim area paving project is estimated to cost $36 million. This cost is subject to change based on final design factors and project award.

Next Steps

  • March 2024
    Pre-design wrap-up
  • May 2024
    Project design
  • Fall 2025
    Project construction

Contacts

Yvette Liufau
Principle Multimodal Planner
Yvette.Liufau@wsdot.wa.gov

Debbie Clemen
Pre-design Lead
Debbie.Clemen@wsdot.wa.gov