Traffic light will be installed on Cattle Point Road next week

Work is progressing on the Cattle Point Road realignment project on San Juan Island at the Historical National Park. A lane closure is scheduled to begin between June 11-15, according the Federal Highways Administration and Strider Construction. A traffic light will be installed to control traffic.

The lane closure will accommodate the removal of asphalt and use the cleared area to store soil and construction materials.

The traffic light will be on a timer. "They investigated having the light tripped when a car was waiting, but this wouldn't work for the bikes and mopeds," said Lee Taylor, park superintendent. "Those smaller vehicles would end up waiting forever for the light to change, so hopefully motorists will not become impatient when they have to wait when nothing is happening on the road."

The $6.2 million project, targeted for completion by October 15, 2015 is relocating 1.27 miles of county road between Pickett's Lane and the Cattle Point lighthouse to a glacial bench about 300 feet uphill from the current roadbed. The right of way will pass about 150 feet below the park's Mount Finlayson trail overlooking the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Taylor said. About 500 feet of road within the park boundary is threatened by coastal erosion.

In addition to continued excavation and embankment building--which will continue over the next few weeks--the finished slopes of the new roadbed were stabilized by spraying a wood mulch/tackifier mixture which will protect the slopes from erosion until the permanent seeding takes place in September.

Strider crews also will be moving the park sign on the east boundary, as well as shaping a new spot for the Jackson Overlook and DNR historical monuments.

Hikers are reminded that the eastern trailhead across the summit of Mt. Finlayson is closed. Hikers heading east can detour past Third Lagoon, then follow the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) trail to Cattle Point Road.

The speed limit is 35 m.p.h. through the construction area, from Pickett's Lane to Cattle Point. The work schedule is 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays; 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays.

Expect delays of 15 minutes from 6 to 8 a.m., and 30 minutes between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Stay up-to-date with road progress by visiting the FHA website at

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