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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 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.

  • Culvert work at the junction with Westside Road has been completed.
  • Work between Nisqually Entrance and Longmire will be in pockets of activity while crews remove silt fences and coir logs, and install steel-backed timber guardrails at Kautz Creek.
  • Expect some paving of the road to be occurring at the beginning of the week near Longmire.
  • Ricksecker Point and Paradise Valley Road remain closed for the season; paving operations will be underway.

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.

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?

Northwest face of Mount Rainier and Emmons Glacier as seen from Sunrise.

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.