Washington State Route 119

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State Route 119 marker

State Route 119
Lake Cushman Road
SR 119 is highlighted in red.
Route information
Auxiliary route of US 101
Defined by RCW 47.17.223
Maintained by WSDOT
Length: 10.93 mi[2] (17.59 km)
Existed: 1991[1] – present
Major junctions
South end: US 101 in Hoodsport
North end: FH 24 in Olympic National Forest
Location
Counties: Mason
Highway system
SR 117 SR 121

State Route 119 (SR 119) is a 10.93-mile-long (17.59 km) state highway in the U.S. state of Washington, serving Lake Cushman in Mason County within Olympic National Forest. The highway, known locally as Lake Cushman Road, travels northwest into the Olympic Mountains from U.S. Route 101 (US 101) in Hoodsport to Lake Cushman and ends at a gravel road east of the entrance to Olympic National Park on Forest Highway 24 (FFH-24). A gravel road connecting Lake Cushman to the state highway system has existed since the late 1950s and was codified into the current state highway system in 1991, prior to being completely paved by 1999.

Route description[edit]

SR 119 begins at an intersection with US 101 in the unincorporated community of Hoodsport, located on the Hood Canal in Mason County.[3] The highway travels west along Finch Creek as Lake Cushman Road into the Olympic Mountains and passes through Hoodsport Community Trail Park, a former state park.[4][5][6] SR 119 continues north along the coast of Lake Cushman and Big Creek into Olympic National Forest,[7][8][9] where it begins a concurrency with FFH-24 on Staircase Road heading northwest.[10] The concurrent highways travel west along Lake Cushman as SR 119 ends at the entrance to Olympic National Park and the end of pavement.[2][11][12]

Every year, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) conducts a series of surveys on its highways in the state to measure traffic volume. This is expressed in terms of average annual daily traffic (AADT), which is a measure of traffic volume for any average day of the year. In 2011, WSDOT calculated that between 340 and 2,600 vehicles per day used the highway, mostly on the shores of Lake Cushman.[13]

History[edit]

A two-lane gravel road connecting Lake Cushman to Hoodsport was first constructed in the late 1950s as a basic gravel road,[14] later upgraded to a paved roadway between Hoodsport and Big Creek Campground by 1965.[15] The highway between Hoodsport and the boundary of Olympic National Park was incorporated into the state highway system in 1991 as SR 119, a child route of US 101,[1][16] and the last segment between Big Creek and the park boundary was paved in 1999.[17]

Major intersections[edit]

The entire highway is in Mason County.

Location Mile[2] km Destinations Notes
Hoodsport 0.00 0.00 US 101 – Shelton, Port Angeles Southern terminus
Olympic National Forest 9.28 14.93 FH 24 east (Staircase Road) South end of FFH 24 overlap
10.93 17.59 FH 24 west (Staircase Road) Northern terminus, north end of FFH 24 overlap
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "47.17.223: State route No. 119", Revised Code of Washington (Washington State Legislature), 1991, retrieved February 16, 2013 
  2. ^ a b c Staff (2012), State Highway Log: Planning Report 2012, SR 2 to SR 971 (PDF), Washington State Department of Transportation, pp. 1036–1037, retrieved February 16, 2013 
  3. ^ "Feature Detail Report for: Hoodsport", Geographic Names Information System (United States Geological Survey), September 10, 1979, retrieved February 16, 2013 
  4. ^ "Feature Detail Report for: Finch Creek", Geographic Names Information System (United States Geological Survey), September 10, 1979, retrieved February 16, 2013 
  5. ^ "Feature Detail Report for: Hoodsport Trail State Park", Geographic Names Information System (United States Geological Survey), July 1, 1990, retrieved February 16, 2013 
  6. ^ Mueller, Marge; Mueller, Ted (2004), "The Olympic Peninsula", Washington State Parks: A Complete Recreation Guide, The Mountaineers Books, p. 61, retrieved February 16, 2013 
  7. ^ "Feature Detail Report for: Lake Cushman", Geographic Names Information System (United States Geological Survey), September 10, 1979, retrieved February 16, 2013 
  8. ^ "Feature Detail Report for: Big Creek", Geographic Names Information System (United States Geological Survey), September 10, 1979, retrieved February 16, 2013 
  9. ^ "Feature Detail Report for: Olympic National Forest", Geographic Names Information System (United States Geological Survey), October 1, 1992, retrieved February 16, 2013 
  10. ^ United States Department of the Interior, National Park Service (2010) (PDF). Wilderness Campsite Information (Map). http://www.nps.gov/olym/planyourvisit/upload/WildernessMap.pdf. Retrieved February 15, 2013.
  11. ^ Google Inc. "State Route 119". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=WA-119+N%2FN+Lake+Cushman+Rd&daddr=WA-119+N%2FN+Lake+Cushman+Rd%2FNF-24&hl=en&ll=47.44846,-123.190955&spn=0.124212,0.338173&sll=47.494915,-123.244672&sspn=0.003878,0.010568&geocode=FStd0wIdzAWp-A%3BFZq41AId3Hyn-A&mra=dme&mrsp=1&sz=17&t=m&z=12. Retrieved November 22, 2010.
  12. ^ "Feature Detail Report for: Olympic National Park", Geographic Names Information System (United States Geological Survey), November 1, 1992, retrieved February 16, 2013 
  13. ^ Staff (2011), 2011 Annual Traffic Report (PDF), Washington State Department of Transportation, p. 139, retrieved February 16, 2013 
  14. ^ "Four Drown As Auto Plunges Into Lake", The Dispatch (Lexington, North Carolina), February 17, 1958: 2, retrieved February 16, 2013 
  15. ^ United States Geological Survey (1965) (JPG). Seattle, 1965 (Map). 1:250,000. http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/topo/250k/txu-pclmaps-topo-us-seattle-1965.jpg. Retrieved February 16, 2013.
  16. ^ Washington State Department of Transportation (2011) (PDF). Washington State Highways, 2011–2012 (Map). 1:842,000. http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/NR/rdonlyres/14A6187A-B266-4340-A351-D668F89AC231/0/TouristMapFront_withHillshade.pdf. Retrieved February 16, 2013.
  17. ^ "Town fights blight with Oyster Bite", Shelton-Mason County Journal, April 15, 1999: 24, retrieved February 16, 2013 

External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing