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U.S. Highway 101 improvements, Sequim trail plan subjects of public meetings

Public meetings are planned for this week to discuss road improvements near Lake Crescent and a trail plan for state park land near Sequim.

Olympic National Park and Federal Highway Administration staff are holding public meetings Monday and Wednesday to collect input for rehabilitating the section of U.S. Highway 101 that travels through the park. Washington State Parks will hold an open house in Sequim on Wednesday.

Here’s what’s planned for the meetings:

LAKE CRESCENT

These meetings are designed to collect public input regarding U.S. Highway 101 and a proposed project that would resurface more than 12 miles of road, replace more than 44,000 feet of guardrail and replace retaining walls and drainage structures. The work is scheduled to start in 2017.

The highway provides access to some of the most popular areas of the park’s northern areas. The highway passes along the southern banks of Lake Crescent.

“The Lake Crescent Highway is a vital travel corridor and is extremely important to the regional economy and quality of life,” Olympic National Park superintendent Sarah Creachbaum said in a prepared statement. “Rehabilitating the road is crucial for providing a safe and reliable travel route for area residents and visitors.”

An Environmental Assessment analyzing the effects of rehabilitating the road are in the works. More information on the project is available at parkplanning.nps.gov/ Hwy101LC

Monday’s meeting will be 5-7 p.m. at the Port Angeles Senior Center, 328 E. Seventh St. Wednesday’s meeting in Forks is planned from 5-7 p.m. at the Quileute Tribe Building, 196281 U.S. Highway 101.

Public comment can also be submitted online (parkplanning.nps.gov), fax (360-565-3015) or by mail (Superintendent, U.S. Highway 101 EA Scoping, Olympic National Park, 600 E. Park Ave., Port Angeles, WA, 98362).

Comments should be submitted by June 7.

MILLER PENINSULA

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will present a draft interim trail plan for the 2,800-acre Miller Peninsula State Park property. The property is mostly upland forest with more than 3 miles of shoreline on Discovery Bay and the Strait of Juan de Fuca east of Sequim.

In a statement released by State Parks, it says it developed the interim plan by working with an advisory group made up of property neighbors and representatives from hiking, biking and equestrian groups. More information on the plan can be found at parks.wa.gov/ 913/Miller- Peninsula- State-Park- Property- Int.

The department is working on a trailhead parking lot and restroom that are expected to be completed this summer. Because of past land use, a network of two-track roads and trails make up the current trail network on the property.

The meeting is scheduled from 6-7:30 p.m. at Sequim’s Guy Cole Conference Center, 202 N. Blake Ave.

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