- U.S. Route 101 in Washington
Washington State Department of Transportation, [http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/mapsdata/TDO/PDF_and_ZIP_Files/HwyLog2006.pdf State Highway Log] , 2006]
terminus_b=jct|state=WA|I|5 in Tumwater
U.S. stateof Washington, U.S. Route 101is the westernmost state highway, serving the Olympic Peninsula. It runs from the Astoria-Megler Bridgenorth to the cities of Raymond, Aberdeen, Hoquiam, and Forks before turning east at the small community of Beaver to the most northern point of the highway at Port Angeles, then south to Tumwater. [cite web |url= http://www.angelfire.com/wa2/hwysofwastate/us101.html |title= Highways of Washington State |accessdate=2008-04-03 |format= HTML]
After going north for a few miles, US 101 turns west after intersecting with US 101 Alternate, which is a shortcut to itself. The route goes west to Ilwaco and north to Long Beach, where it intersects SR 100 and SR 103 before finally turning east back to US 101 Alt.
Soon, US 101 turns north towards Raymond and intersects the west end of SR 4, before going to Downtown Raymond. In Downtown, US 101 intersects the western end of SR 6 and southern end of SR 105, which it will intersect again in Cosmopolis.
After intersecting with SR 105 and SR 107, US 101 crosses the Chehalis River, which leads the highway to the western end of US 12 in Aberdeen. The roadway turns southwest and splits into two streets for each direction until it reaches Hoquiam, where it intersects the southern end of SR 109 and the eastern end of SR 109 Spur.
US 101 then turns north to the
Quinault Indian Reservationand then into the isolated area bordered by Olympic National Parkand the Quinault Indian Reservation. After turning east at Lake Quinaultand entering the Quinault Indian Reservationagain, US 101 goes north to the Olympic National Parkon the Pacific coast.
The road then curves north Forks and north to Beaver, where it turns east after intersecting with SR 113 and touching the shore of Lake Pleasent. After a mile of going east, US 101 enters its second segment in the
Olympic National Park, about one-mile east of the west shore of Lake Cresent and then exits at the eastern shore of the same lake.
After exiting park boundaries, US 101 intersects SR 112 and then turns into an expressway on the south side of Port Angeles, where it splits into SR 117 and the two-street US 101, which will soon rejoin US 101.
After a short 2-lane road, US 101 turns again into a
expresswaysouth of Sequim, bypassing the town and going to Sequim Bayand then going to Discovery Bay, where it intersects with the western SR 20 and turns south. After a short distance, US 101 intersects the western end of SR 104. The road then turns south to Dabob Bay, where it follows the shore until US 101 reaches the Hood Canal.
Hood Canal, US 101 follows the western shore to SR 106, where it turns directly south to the east end of SR 106 and Shelton, to meet the west end of SR 3. After some time going south, US 101 meets SR 108, the second-to-last major junction. After going southeast, US 101 finally joins SR 8 and turns into a freewayto its easternmost point of US 101 in Washington, the so called "north end" at I-5 in Tumwater. [cite web |url=http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&ll=46.709736,-123.387451&spn=1.073455,2.48291&z=8 |title=Google Maps-US 101 South |author= Google Maps|accessdate=2008-05-27] [cite web |url=http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&ll=47.779943,-123.651123&spn=1.051985,2.48291&z=8 |title=Google Maps-US 101 North |author= Google Maps|accessdate=2008-05-27]
U.S. Route 101 Alternate
U.S. Route 101 Alternate is a 0.61-mile (0.98 km) bypass of Ilwaco. US 101 Alt. opened in 1931 as a branch of PSH 12, the early designation of the southern section of US 101 through Washington. The highway was not fully recognized by the AASHTO until October 2006, even though many maps from the 1930s state that it is part of the
U.S. Routesystem. [cite web |url= http://www.angelfire.com/wa2/hwysofwastate/us101.html |title= Highways of Washington State- US 101 |accessdate=2008-04-03 |format= HTML] [cite web |url=http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&ll=46.325239,-124.020538&spn=0.033785,0.077591&z=13 |title=Google Maps-US 101 Alt |author= Google Maps|accessdate=2008-05-27]
U.S. Route 101was created, two roads existed in the place of US 101. They were State Road 9 and State Road 12. These were two roads that were part of the early WashingtonState Road system that was created in 1923. US 101 was created in 1926 and was co-signed with these two routes. US 101 took part of State Road 9's route and part of State Road 12's route.
In 1937, the Washington State Legislature established a new system, the Primary and secondary system. [cite web |url= http://www.angelfire.com/wa2/hwysofwastate/psh.html |title= Highways of Washington State- PSH |accessdate=2008-04-03 |format= HTML] State Road 9 became Primary State Highway 9 or PSH 9. State Road 12 became PSH 12, and they both held the co-signed designation with US 101. [cite web |url= http://www.angelfire.com/wa2/hwysofwastate/psh012.html |title= Highways of Washington State- PSH 12 |accessdate=2008-04-03 |format= HTML]
There was nothing changed about US 101's route from 1937 to 1956. In 1956, President
Dwight D. Eisenhowersigned the Interstate Highway Actinto law. This elimated part of the U.S. Route system and encouraged Washington's Legislature to once again change the highway system.
In January 1964, the Washington State Legislature and the Washington Department of Highways (renamed WSDOT) approved a new state route system with no branches or secondary route with names, but a full system that lives on today. PSH 9 and PSH 12 became part of U.S. Route 101 with no co-designation and parts of them became other new state routes. [cite web |url= http://www.angelfire.com/wa2/hwysofwastate/psh009.html |title= Highways of Washington State- PSH 9 |accessdate=2008-04-03 |format= HTML]
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