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 August 14 2017

Road construction will occur during daylight hours. Expect delays of up to 20 minutes at one stop and for no more that 30 minutes through the entire project. Expect delays and limited access to trailheads, parking areas at any point between Longmire and Paradise. Expect to see flaggers, equipment, and lines of cars possibly backed up around blind corners. Please drive cautiously. The work area includes all paved surfaces between Longmire and the top of the Paradise Valley Road. Do not enter construction zones.

Expected Work August 10-17

  • Work this week includes grinding, digging, and paving along the roadway between Longmire and Paradise. Some pullouts and parking areas may be closed for short periods of time. Expect delays and closures around Comet Falls trailhead and Christine Falls
  • Glacier Bridge will be under repair and closed to pedestrians until mid-September. Expect occasional one lane closures for the next two months. Parking lots and turnouts on either end of the bridge will be closed as well.
  • Be Aware of Closures. The entire Ricksecker Point Loop Road and the large parking lot near Glacier Bridge will be closed June through late October, 2017.

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 6, August 10-17, 2017

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.

Last updated: August 14, 2017

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