U.S. 101 Widening Project to Decrease Sequim and Port Angeles Car Accidents

WSDOT Widening U.S. Highway 101

As experienced Sequim car accident injury attorneys, we were thrilled to hear that the most dangerous stretch of U.S. Highway 101 is undergoing a much-needed renovation.

The stretch of U.S. 101 between Kitchen-Dick Road and Shore Road is being widened by the Washington State Department of Transportation, as the road has proven to be unsafe for drivers.

According to a report from the Sequim Gazette, 304 car accidents occurred in the four-mile stretch of highway from east of Kitchen-Dick to Shore Road. As a result, 216 people were injured, and 8 lost their lives.

Over a nine-mile stretch east of Sequim, Washington (between Diamond Point and Shore Road), the Gazette reports that 7 people were killed and 212 were injured in the same time span, for a total of 338 car accidents.

As the data clearly shows, this stretch of highway has been long overdue for repair. A terrible streak of deaths (nine between Dec. 25, 2003, and Jan. 31, 2004) really got the conversation rolling, with tremendous support from the public. According to a WSDOT traffic safety engineer, the most common causes for crashes on this stretch of highway has been excessive speeds and failure to yield the right-of-way (common at the Kitchen-Dick and Carlsborg Road intersection).

The widening project, according to WSDOT, will reduce the potential for head-on collisions, improve county road intersections to meet current highway safety standards, and limit left turns to county road intersections only.

Construction began on U.S. 101 in January of last year and is predicted by WSDOT to last through December 2014, costing over $60,000. The end result will be a continuous four-lane highway between Sequim and Port Angeles, with two lanes in each direction—drastically decreasing congestion.

If you have questions about the U.S. 101 widening project, contact WSDOT.

We are thrilled that this improvement will cut down on car accident injuries and fatalities between Port Angeles and Sequim. As car accident injury attorneys, we’ve seen firsthand the devastation that occurs on this stretch of highway, forever changing the lives of many families across the Olympic Peninsula.


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Personal injury attorney Pat McMenamin grew up in Silverdale, Washington. He is an Eagle Member of the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association and was recently designated a “Rising Star Attorney” by Washington Law & Politics Magazine. Pat McMenamin's Google+ Profile

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