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    National Park Washington

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  • Nisqually to Paradise delays and Kautz Creek area closure.

    Road construction from the Nisqually Entrance to Longmire. Expect a 30-minute delay, Monday through Friday. Beginning May 29 to mid-July, all services at the Kautz Creek parking and picnic area are closed through the week. Limited parking on Sat & Sun. More »

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Nisqually to Paradise Road Rehabilitation

Nisqually Entrance with a dusting of snow.

Nisqually Entrance to Mount Rainier National Park

NPS/Steve Redman

The Nisqually to Paradise Road Rehabilitation Project will be repairing 17.6 miles of road between the Nisqually Entrance and the developed area at Paradise in Mount Rainier National Park. The project will take place in two phases, each taking up to two years. Phase 1 includes the installation of in-road buried conduits and junction vaults, as well as improvements to the road's substructure and drainage between the Nisqually Entrance and Longmire. This will also include paving and substructure work on Ricksecker Point Loop and Paradise Valley Road. Phase 2 should begin in 2016 at Longmire and end at Paradise in 2017.

The project is needed to address deteriorating road conditions that are due to many factors including abundant precipitation, structural and design deficiencies, large traffic volumes, and normal wear. The road work is designed to protect adjacent natural and cultural resources, will replace culverts to improve aquatic conditions and will preserve the character of the National Historic Landmark District.

 

Current Road Construction Status - for July 25 - August 1 (posted July 25 2014)

Road work is scheduled for Monday to Friday, from 7:30 am to 7:00 pm. Plan for a maximum 30-minute delay which could include up to a 20-minute stop in one place. There is no construction on Saturday and Sunday.

  • Culvert replacement and cleaning continues across some streams. In these locations, expect the maximum delay (as described above) in both directions.
  • Drive cautiously. There are numerous bumps, abrupt edges, and rough patches.
  • Kautz Creek parking area is open, however the picnic area is not finished. Picnic tables are temporarily located in a designated section of the parking lot. A provisional ramp leading from the parking lot to the sidewalk provides accessibility to the restrooms.

NIGHT CLOSURE NOTICE: It is necessary to install a large culvert where Fish Creek passes under the Nisqually Road, near the West Side Road junction. To complete this task as quickly as possible and to minimize the impacts to visitors during this crucial installation, night closures have been scheduled. On Monday and Tuesday nights, August 4-5, and if necessary Wednesday August 6, no traffic will enter or exit the park via the Nisqually Road between 10:30 pm and 4:30 am. Further details and alternative routes will soon be posted on the park's webpage, Facebook and Twitter.

Bicyclists are encouraged to use an alternate route through the park. Road conditions between the Nisqually Entrance and Longmire include gravel, bumps, and other abrupt changes. Monday to Friday, pilot cars are leading vehicles through lane changes and around heavy road equipment. Bicycling is not advised.

SAFETY MESSAGE: Speeding, stopping in the road and passing other vehicles are dangerous choices especially around blind curves. Be safe.

Specific construction details: Federal Highways Weekly Construction Update - July 25, 2014
More information is available on the Western Federal Lands Highways website.

 
 

Planning Documents
Environmental Assessment, Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI), and other planning documents related to the Nisqually-Paradise Road Rehabilitation Project are available on the NPS Planning, Environment, & Public Comment (PEPC) website.

Did You Know?

Magenta Paintbrush

The Paradise meadows were once home to a golf course, rope tows for skiers, an auto campground, and rows of tent cabins. All of these activities damaged the meadows, as does walking off-trail. Management practices have changed over the years, and we now protect and restore our precious subalpine meadows.