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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 29 - September 5 (posted August 29, 2014)

Labor Day Weekend
No construction on Saturday, August 29 through Monday, September 1. The road is still a construction zone with 23 gravel patches, bumps, abrupt edges, and steelplates along the seven miles to Longmire.

Road construction is scheduled for Tuesday September 2 to Friday September 5, from 8:15 am to 6:00 pm. Plan for a maximum 30-minute delay, including multiple short stops along the seven mile road.

  • Ricksecker Point and Paradise Valley Road (the one-way road from Paradise to Stevens Canyon Road) close for the season on September 2 for repair.
  • Expect minor delays uphill of Longmire on the way to Paradise. Long loads will be in transit. Flaggers will be stationed as needed.
  • Small patches of pavement milling and repair continues between Nisqually Entrance and Longmire.
  • Culvert work is ongoing at the juntion with Westside Road. Masonry details continue on historic culvert headwalls (the structure around culvert openings).
  • The temporary barriers at Kautz and Tahoma Creeks will be removed.
  • Final paving begins mid-September, exact date to be determined.

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 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?

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.