Lauridsen Blvd Overlay Project

Construction Updates

October 29, 2019 -   The Lauridsen Boulevard Overlay Project is physically complete! Today the last remaining traffic control items were installed. White flexible guideposts were installed at the Lauridsen/13th St. intersection to emphasize the pavement markings. 13th Street between Lauridsen and Chase is now a one-way street that can only be entered from west-bound traffic on Lauridsen Blvd. 

Thank you for your patience and support for this important project. 

August 27, 2019 -   Good News: Concrete work is almost finished and is looking really good! Sidewalks and crosswalks are fully opened back up to the public.

Next: Planing off 2 inches of deteriorated road surface and re-paving with new Hot-Mixed Asphalt. This work will be performed at night between the hours of 7:00 pm and 6:00 am for a total of five working days. Asphalt removal will occur September 3rd and 4th, followed promptly by re-paving on Sept. 5th, 6th, and 9th. Traffic flow through the project site will be restricted to one-way only and one-direction only. Detour signs will be deployed to help nighttime motorists navigate around the project. Earplugs and thick curtains may help combat the noise and light disturbance.

This night work was scheduled to reduce adverse impacts to vehicular and pedestrian traffic during peak demand hours and to increase the overall safety of everyone working on and using the roadway. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue towards completing this important project.

August 20, 2019 -   Concrete work in the roadway continues this week with excavation and installation of the pedestrian refuge islands. In these areas, bike lanes will temporarily end requiring cyclists to merge with vehicular traffic. All traffic will need to pay close attention to traffic control signs and flaggers as conditions are ever-changing. Motorists should expect single-lane, alternating direction of travel while work is being performed in the center of the roadway. Minor delays are almost a guarantee so plan ahead or choose an alternate route.

August 15, 2019 -   Concrete work has begun in the Blvd. roadway. Traffic curbs defining the choker island perimeters have been poured and finished. With excessive speed being the number one complaint for this stretch of roadway, these choker islands intentionally squeeze the travel path down making it uncomfortable for drivers to exceed the posted speed limit. More concrete work is to continue this week with new curb, gutter, and sidewalk ramps at the Chase and Peabody Street intersections. Excavation in the center of the roadway for the new pedestrian refuge islands may begin as early as Monday (08/19). This means temporary traffic control measures will be deployed to divert traffic around the new islands while they’re under construction. Drivers need to be extra alert to the changing traffic patterns and cyclists will need to merge with vehicular traffic in some places where the bike lane is temporarily occupied for relocation. Drivers should expect some traffic delays when moving through the project site and to follow the directions given by the flaggers. Thank you for your patience and support.

August 8, 2019 -   Concrete work at crosswalks and sidewalks along Lauridsen Blvd. will continue into next week. The site is ever-changing as workers move from one intersection to the next. Accommodations have been set up for pedestrian traffic as sidewalk curb ramps are being reconstructed, however, if unsure, pedestrians are encouraged to contact a flagger for assistance before crossing. Hazard areas will primarily be at intersections this week with minimal traffic delay. In addition, the new Boys & Girls Club will be working on their stormwater connection at the Francis St. intersection. Drivers should expect flaggers with alternating direction of travel while that work is being performed and are encouraged to choose an alternate route through town, if possible. Thanks for doing your part to stay vigilant, remain patient, and give room to ensure everyone makes it home safe.

July 30, 2019 -   Construction on Lauridsen Boulevard is in full-swing. First steps are demolition and removal of sidewalk ramps and preparation for roadway surfacing removal. This means pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers need to be extra alert as conditions are changing rapidly. Later this week, after the sidewalk base has been prepped, concrete crews will begin setting forms for the new ADA accessible sidewalk ramps.  

July 24, 2019 -   The City is scheduled to begin construction on the Lauridsen Boulevard Overlay Project during the week of July 29th, 2019. Now is the time to start thinking about selecting alternate traffic routes, giving yourself extra travel time to accommodate for possible traffic delays, and implementing safe driving practices through construction zones. For more details, check out the City's pre-construction informational flier.


Project Background

E. Lauridsen Boulevard is a key transportation route for the City of Port Angeles and one of the City’s most active arterials.  The City has planned for and scheduled an upgrade project for later this summer, 2019. The overall project is primarily geared towards pavement preservation, however, traffic and pedestrian safety and ADA accessibility improvements will also be implemented. The project area consists of E. Lauridsen Blvd. between Lincoln St. and Lauridsen Court. 


Design Phase

Thank you for your input provided at a open house on May 1st and through an online survey.  We used this information to guide the final design, which most closely resembles Option B with the Choker Island.

Some of the improvements being considered were:

  • Traffic calming measures such as a lane shift and curb bump-outs
  • Dedicated turn lanes at Peabody Street
  • Flashing pedestrian crosswalk beacons and refuge islands at Chase and Peabody Streets
  • ADA accessible pedestrian curb ramps with curb extensions and reduced crosswalk widths


Below are graphics of project alternatives

The first option includes the following project features:

· REPLACEMENT OF DETERIORATED ROAD SURFACE.

· DEDICATED TURN LANES AT PEABODY STREET INTERSECTION.

· 16 NEW ADA COMPLIANT RAMPS.

· NEW FLASHING PEDESTRIAN BEACONS AT CHASE AND PEABODY STREET.

· PEDESTRIAN REFUGE ISLAND AT CHASE, PEABODY AND EUNICE STREET

· 5' WIDE BIKE LANE ON BOTH SIDES OF LAURIDSEN BOULEVARD.

· TRAFFIC CALMING LATERAL SHIFT BETWEEN VINE AND EUNICE


Option A1


Option A2


Option A Examples


The second option includes the following project features:

· REPLACEMENT OF DETERIORATED ROAD SURFACE.

· DEDICATED TURN LANES AT PEABODY STREET INTERSECTION.

· 16 NEW ADA COMPLIANT RAMPS.

· NEW FLASHING PEDESTRIAN BEACONS AT CHASE AND PEABODY STREET.

· PEDESTRIAN REFUGE ISLAND AT CHASE, PEABODY AND EUNICE STREET

· 5' WIDE BIKE LANE ON BOTH SIDES OF LAURIDSEN BOULEVARD.

· TRAFFIC CALMING CHOKER BETWEEN VINE AND EUNICE STREET


Option B1


Option B2


Option B Examples