Nisqually to Paradise Road Rehabilitation
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 September 18 - September 26 (posted September 18, 2014)
Road construction is scheduled for Monday through Friday, from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. After September 23, road work will begin at first light (roughly around 7:00 am). Plan for a maximum 30-minute delay, including multiple short stops along the seven mile road.
Bicyclists are encouraged to use an alternate route through the park. Road conditions between the Nisqually Entrance and Longmire include gravel patches, steel plates, and other abrupt changes.
SAFETY MESSAGE: The bright sunshine streaming through the forest temporarily decreases visibility at blind curves. Thus, changing lanes to avoid gravel, speeding, and passing other vehicles are dangerous choices. Be safe.
Nisqually to Paradise Road Rehabilitation to Begin March 3 - posted February 18, 2014
Nisqually to Paradise Road Construction stops for Memorial Day Weekend - originally posted on May 23, 2014
Nisqually Road to Longmire Closed for Two Nights to Install an Underground Culvert - posted August 1, 2014
Did You Know?
Mount Rainier is the most heavily glaciated peak in the lower 48 states at 35 square miles of snow and ice with Emmons Glacier being the largest by surface area with 4.3 square miles of ice. The Emmons is best viewed from Sunrise on the NE side of the mountain.