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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 18 - July 25 (posted July 18, 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 will occur across some streams. In these locations, expect the maximum delay as described above.
  • Removal of silt fences continues.
  • Drive cautiously. There are numerous bumps, abrupt edges, and rough patches.
  • Kautz Creek area is open this weekend. The picnic area surface is still hardening. It is coned off and picnic tables are placed in a designated section of the parking lot. A temporary ramp leading from the parking lot to the sidewalk provides accessibility to the restrooms. Kautz Creek parking lot and other services are closed Monday to Friday.

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 18, 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?

June 1945:  President Harry Truman plays the piano in the Paradise Inn lobby.

In June 1945, President Harry Truman visited Mount Rainier National Park, dined at the Paradise Inn and played a song on the Inn's piano. This piano and other notable items are preserved today in the Paradise Inn, part of an effort to maintain the park's rich historic legacy. More...