• Mount Rainier peeks through clouds, viewed across subalpine wildflowers and glacial moraine.

    Mount Rainier

    National Park Washington

Nisqually to Paradise Road Rehabilitation

Mountain view from the Nisqually Road at Longmire during preliminary paving of the road.

September 2014: Preliminary paving occurred along a section of the Nisqually to Paradise Road in Longmire. 

NPS/Mimi Gorman

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.


Final Road Construction Status for winter 2014 to 2015 (posted October 24, 2014)

Monday, October 27 to Friday, October 31

  • Asphalt milling and patching is anticipated, weather dependent.
  • Road construction is scheduled Monday to Friday from sunrise to 6:00 pm.
  • Twenty to thirty-minute delays are still possible.

November 2014 to Spring 2015

  • Upon completion of the tasks above, the road will be ready for winter traffic.
  • Final paving is expected to occur in May, June and July 2015.

SAFETY MESSAGE: Many animals, especially deer, have migrated to lower elevations. This time of year, they are commonly seen around the Nisqually Entrance and in Longmire.

Specific construction details: Federal Highways Weekly Construction Update - October 17, 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.

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