SOUTH BEND - The Washington State Department of Transportation has reduced the posted speed limit on U.S. 101 in the South Bend area. Speed limit revisions will begin south of A Street, continuing through South Bend, and ending north of Harrison Street.

The revisions will slow traffic to 40 mph south of A Street as the motorist is entering the South Bend Area. It will then decrease to 30 mph through the incorporated area of South Bend, and increase again to 40 mph upon leaving the city limits. The speed limit reduction is due in part to concerns raised by the city of South Bend.

Full closure on US 101

RAYMOND - U.S. 101 in Pacific County will be closed from in the vicinity of Butte Creek Road (mile post 62) beginning Wednesday, March 22, in order to begin the repair work on the highway, announced the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT). The closure will last for approximately one week.

A signed detour using Butte Creek Road and Smith Creek Road is available for motorists. This detour is approximately five miles long. Weight restrictions are currently in affect on Butte Creek Road and Smith Creek Road. Trucks weighing over 10 tons must use an alternate route. State Route 105 or State Route 6 may be used as alternate routes. Only local vehicles weighing over 10 tons may use the current detour.

Since late January, the northbound lane of U.S. 101 has been closed to all traffic due to an unstable slope and roadway settlement in the area. An emergency contract has been initiated to stabilize this slope. During this closure, contractors will construct a trench to drain the saturated slope, stabilizing this section of the road until further repairs can be done.

After the initial stabilization work is completed, the southbound lane of U.S. 101 will again reopen to traffic, while the northbound lane will remained detoured as has been the case recently.

Upon reasonable dewatering, additional repairs on U.S. 101 in Pacific County are scheduled for mid April.

Advanced warning signs will be posted ahead of the closure, and motorists are asked to please slow down and use caution when driving past the closure area.

For weekly updates on this and all other state traffic impacts in the region, please visit the WSDOT Southwest Region Weekly Travel Advisory Web page: www.wsdot.wa.gov/regions/southwest/Travel. It is updated every Friday for the following week's impacts. For more information about this project, please call the WSDOT Chehalis Area Engineering Office toll free at: (866) 713-2412.

Pacific County

CONSTRUCTION:

US 101 at Station Camp - Highway Reconstruction

Traffic Impacts:

No work scheduled. This project is currently on hold until further notice from the Washington State Historical Society (WSHS).

Project Description

This is a joint multi-agency project lead by the WSHS, involving WSDOT, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and the National Park Service. The highway realignment part of the project will shift U.S. 101 north by 275 feet from its current alignment located between Chinook and the Astoria Megler Bridge. This will help improve safety on this section of U.S. 101, and allow for expansion of the Station Camp unit of the Lewis and Clark National Historical Park on the south side of the highway. Once complete, the 9-acre riverfront Station Camp park will serve as an important historical stop along the Lewis and Clark Trail. Construction began on September 19, 2005.

For more information, contact Leon Winger in the Kelso Area Engineering Office at (360) 442-1341.

PACIFIC COUNTY MAINTENANCE:

U.S. 101, Both directions at Greenhead Slough Bridge

March 22-23: Daytime, flaggers on site for bridge maintenance. Use caution.

WEATHER RELATED CLOSURE:

U.S. 101 in the Butte Creek Road vicinity (milepost 62) 51; Slide Repair

Traffic Impacts:

Beginning Mar. 22 this section of highway will close for slide repair.

Project Description:

Since late January, the northbound lane of U.S. 101 has been closed to all traffic due to an unstable slope and roadway settlement in the area. An emergency contract has been initiated to stabilize this slope. During this closure, contractors will construct a trench to drain the saturated slope, stabilizing this section of the road until further repairs can be done.

A signed detour using Butte Creek Road and Smith Creek Road is available for motorists. This detour is approximately five miles long. Weight restrictions are currently in affect on Butte Creek Road and Smith Creek Road. Trucks weighing over 10 tons must use an alternate route. State Route 105 or State Route 6 may be used as alternate routes. Only local vehicles weighing over 10 tons may use the current detour, Butte Creek Road and Smith Creek Road.

For more information, contact Richard Hensley in the Chehalis Area Engineering Office at, (360) 740-8602.

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