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Mount Rainier to close Highway 123 temporarily

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on Aug. 26, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
August 26, 2008 3:42 pm

Mount Rainier National Park superintendent Dave Uberuaga just announced that Highway 123 through the park will be closed Mondays through Thursdays beginning a week from today.

Park, state Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration officials said the road will be closed from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. for paving, according to a park news release.

The closure area will be from Cayuse Pass, at the intersection with Highway 410, to just north of the intersection with the Stevens Canyon Road.

Depending on the weather, the work is scheduled to be done on Sept. 18.

Almost 6 miles of Highway 123 from 2 miles south of Deer Creek Bridge to the intersection of Highway 410 at Cayuse Pass and 1.5 miles of Highway 410 from 1?4 mile north of Cayuse Pass, east towards Chinook Pass to the first major switchback are being rehabilitated under this $6.07 million contract, said the release.

The work includes improving drainage; excavating, stabilizing and reinforcing failing subsurface material; repair/stabilize historic rock retaining walls; and resurfacing with new hot-mix asphalt. Work also involves replacement of the failing stone/timber fence in the Tipsoo Lake area with a border rock edge that will withstand heavy snow loading experienced in this area, the release said.

During the temporary closure, visitors should expect 20 minutes delays on Highway 123 on Fridays, as well as the section of Highway 410 adjacent to the intersection with Highway 123 at Cayuse Pass Mondays through Fridays. The road will be down to one lane on Highway 410 at mile post 73, about 5 miles east of Chinook Pass due to damage from last winter’s avalanches.

Updated information on this project may be obtained by calling Mount Rainier National Park at 360-569-2211, ext. 2166. Information on this project, as well as general park information, is also available on Mount Rainier National Park’s Web site at .

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