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    Road construction from the Nisqually Entrance to Longmire. Expect a 30-minute delay, Monday through Friday. More »

Nisqually to Paradise Road Rehabilitation

Third lane at Nisqually Entrance is reopened.

The rustic 1926 Nisqually Entrance Station's porte-cochere (the road cover)  was added to the building in 1936. July 2014 marks the first time the lane has been open in 30 years.

NPS/Saylor Moss

The Nisqually to Paradise Road Rehabilitation Project is 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 includes 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 August 22 - September 1 (posted August 22, 2014)

Labor Day Weekend
Major construction is not scheduled for Friday, August 29 to Monday, September 1. However, expect minimal delays on Friday. Subcontractors will be working on site.

Road construction is scheduled for Monday, August 25 to Thursday, August 28 from 8:15 am to 6:00 pm. Plan for a maximum 30-minute delay, including multiple short stops along the 7-mile road.

  • There is pavement milling and repair at many areas along the road which may result in slow traffic and minor delays.
  • Culvert work Masonry details continue on culvert headwalls (the structure around culvert openings).
  • Various work is planned around the recently installed underground vaults.
  • Final paving begins after September 1, exact date to be determined.
  • Ricksecker Point and Paradise Valley Roads close on September 2 for repair, remaining closed for the season.
  • Drive cautiously. There are numerous bumps, abrupt edges, and rough patches along the seven miles to Longmire.

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 - August 15, 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?

The first photograph taken at Rainier's summit is dated August 14, 1888.

The first photograph taken at the summit of Mount Rainier was taken at noon on August 14, 1888. Among the group photographed that day at the crater rim are naturalist John Muir, and P. B. Van Trump, one of the first two men known to have reached Rainier's summit.