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Contact: Eric J. Walkinshaw, Park Civil Engineer, 360-569-6713
Mount Rainier National Park Superintendent Randy King and Western Federal Lands Highway Division officials announce that asphalt core drilling is scheduled to take place from Monday February 13th and estimated to be completed by Wednesday February 29th on the Nisqually Road from the Park's southwest entrance to Longmire. This effort is to obtain existing condition information in preparation for rehabilitation of the 17.6 mile long Nisqually Road to the popular Paradise area, scheduled to begin in Spring 2013 and completed by Fall, 2016.
Public scoping for the Nisqually Road rehabilitation was released in late October, 2009 and Park staff is currently working on a draft Environmental Assessment that is estimated to be released to the public in early Spring, 2012 for review and comment.
The asphalt core drilling effort will take place Monday through Friday and the traveling public should anticipate minimum delays as traffic control personnel direct vehicles around the drilling operation.