Paving work on Highway 525 through Freeland and Bayview is expected to come to an end on Friday, July 14.
Work began on Sunday when Washington State Department of Transportation contractor crews with Granite Construction closed one lane of traffic between Bayview Road and Mutiny Bay Road from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. The lane will remain closed for the same time window until Friday. Flaggers and a pilot car are helping travelers alternate through the work zones.
The crews have been working on preserving nearly 30 miles of highway between Clinton and Coupeville since May. Paving work is also being done in Coupeville between Jacobs Road just east of town to Holbrook Road just north of Penn Cove.
A press release by the transportation department advised travelers to add an extra 30 minutes of travel time if their route takes them through the work zone. People who use public transportation should also consider catching an earlier bus, while those using the Clinton or Coupeville ferry terminals should also give themselves extra time to catch their preferred boat. Cyclists and motorcycle riders should also use caution or consider alternate routes as stretches of the highway will be uneven until paving is complete.