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  • 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

culvert at Nisqually and Westside Road junction

To improve water flow and crucial fish habitat, crews will remove and up-size this culvert under the Nisqually Road.

NPS Photo by Emily Brouward

Night Closure Scheduled

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.

 
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 July 31 - August 8 (posted July 31 2014)

See notice at top regarding temporary night closures.

  • There is no construction during the daytime, Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday, August 4-6.
  • During the non-construction hours on the above days, there will only be one lane open on the Nisqually Road, near Westside Road, where the culvert is being replaced. Flaggers will be directing traffic through this zone.
  • Drive cautiously. There are numerous bumps, abrupt edges, and rough patches along the 7 miles to Longmire..

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.

Specific construction details: Federal Highways Weekly Construction Update - July 25, 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?

Magenta Paintbrush

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.