Nisqually to Paradise delays and Kautz Creek area closure.
Road construction from the Nisqually Entrance to Longmire. Expect a 30-minute delay, Monday through Friday. Beginning May 29 to mid-July, all services at the Kautz Creek parking and picnic area are closed through the week. Limited parking on Sat & Sun. More »
Nisqually to Paradise Road Rehabilitation
NPS Photo by Emily Brouward
Due to the installation of a large culvert the Nisqually Road will be closed, 9:30 pm to 4:30 am, from the Nisqually Entrance to Longmire on Monday and Tuesday, August 4-5 and if necessary Wednesday, August 6. During the closure, no traffic will enter or exit the park via the Nisqually Road. instead, visitors are required to use Stevens Canyon Road. Access along the Nisqually Road will resume on Tuesday morning following the closure. The road will close again Tuesday and possibly Wednesday at 9:30 pm if more time is needed.
A large underground culvert will be installed where a branch of Tahoma Creek passes beneath the Nisqually Road, near the Westside Road junction. The project includes digging a hole across the full width of the road rendering it temporarily impassable, removing the current culvert, and installing a larger culvert in this fish-bearing stream. To complete this task as quickly as possible and to minimize the impacts to visitors during this crucial installation, the construction must occur overnight. In the case of an emergency, visitors should dial 911 from any phone within the park.
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 July 31 - August 8 (posted July 31 2014)
See notice at top regarding temporary night closures.
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.
Nisqually to Paradise Road Rehabilitation to Begin March 3 - posted February 18, 2014
Nisqually to Paradise Road Construction stops for Memorial Day Weekend - originally posted on May 23, 2014
Did You Know?
The Paradise meadows were once home to a golf course, rope tows for skiers, an auto campground, and rows of tent cabins. All of these activities damaged the meadows, as does walking off-trail. Management practices have changed over the years, and we now protect and restore our precious subalpine meadows.