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Two local highway projects on budget and on-schedule

April 3rd, 2014 - 5:42am

PORT ANGELES) – Roadways between Port Angeles and Sequim continue to pose a challenge to commuters as the 101 widening project and the Deer Park underpass both continue.

Crews continue to work on expanding the last seciont of two-lane Highway 101 to four lanes between Port Angeles and Sequim.

Crews continue working on a new west-bound bridge at McDonald Creek. Washington Department of Tranpsortation spokewman Doug Adamson says there will be some new traffic impacts coming related to that project this summer.

Adamson says the project is both on time, and so far, right at the projected $60.48 million dollar mark.

Another big project along Highway 101 at Deer Park Road is being handled by Clallam County. Crews are putting in an underpass, elimating the full-stop intersection for Deer Park Road and the highway.

Commuters have noticed a severe “S-curve” and reduced speeds of 25 m.p.h. in and around that stretch of road as the new underpass is “cut” under the highway. County roads project engineer Pat McElroy says the detour should be removed in the next month or so as crews "cover" underpass structure.

The 101 widening project, which began in January of 2013, is expected to reach completion by this December. The Deer Park Road underpass detour has a 90-day duration and should be over by late May. The full project is expected to be finished up later this year.

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