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

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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 September 26 - October (posted September 26, 2014)

Road construction is scheduled Monday to Friday. It begins at sunrise and continues up to 6:00 pm. Expect up to a 30-minute delay.

  • New guard rails have been installed on the road where Kautz Creek currently flows. Expect minor delays for a few days (Monday and Tuesday) until this work is complete.
  • Ricksecker Point and Paradise Valley Road (the one-way road from Paradise to Stevens Canyon Road) closed for the season on September 2 and road repairs have begun. Since these areas are at higher elevations, they are more likely to see snow before the lower section of the Nisqually to Paradise Road. Weather permitting, shoulder work, paving and striping continues at Ricksecker Point and the Paradise Valley Road until finished.
  • Once the construction listed above is complete, the equipment will move down hill. Again, weather dependent, paving and striping will then begin on the road from the Nisqually Entrance to Longmire. This is not expected to start until mid-October.

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.

Specific construction details: Federal Highways Weekly Construction Update - August 29, 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?

Mount Rainier summit with Mount Adams in the distance.

At 14,410 feet, Mount Rainier is the highest peak in the Cascade Range. From various locations around the park you can see four other Cascade volcanoes: Mount Saint Helens, Mount Adams, Mount Baker, and Glacier Peak. On a clear day, you can see the tip of Mount Hood, in northern Oregon, from Paradise Meadows.