Nisqually to Paradise Road Rehabilitation

Asphalt milling at Paradise.
Asphalt milling at Paradise.

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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 included 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. Phase 2 begins 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.

Road Construction Status - updated October 6 2016

Majority of road work has ended for season, but still keep on eye out for work in areas of the park.

Expected Work October 6 - October 14

  • Contractors will be in the following locations installing fiber optic cable next week:
    • Between Longmire and Cougar Rock, off the road
    • Paradise, across the road from the west end of the JVC, off the road
    • Between the downhill end of Glacier Bridge to Upper Miller at the Ricksecker Point road exit. They will be pulling through manholes in the road and will have traffic control set up with no delays expected.
  • There is some work at Edith Creek Bridge on the Paradise Valley Road that will take place from 7am-5pm for the next couple weeks Mon-Fri. A flagger will direct traffic there as necessary.

  • Be Aware of Closures. The entire Ricksecker Point Loop Road and the parking area at Glacier Bridge will be closed June through late October, 2016.

SAFETY MESSAGE: Please drive carefully and take care around crews working along the road. Park roads are narrow and winding. Also, STAY IN YOUR LANE, the milled sections are safe to drive on. You are eligible for a citation/accident if you drive in the wrong lane.

Nisqually to Paradise Road Construction Update: Issue 2016_20 (pdf)

More information about this project is available from the Western Federal Lands Highway Division, Federal Highway Administration.


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.

Map of highways and roads in and around Mount Rainier with road construction area marked between Longmire and Paradise.
A map of the roads around and through Mount Rainier National Park. Areas with road construction during Summer 2016 are marked in orange. Click on the map to download a pdf copy.

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Last updated: October 7, 2016

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