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Highway 123 reopens inside Mount Rainier National Park

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on Sep. 12, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
September 12, 2008 3:06 pm

The work to repave a portion of Highway 123 through Mount Rainier National Park has been completed ahead of schedule.


As a result, park officials this afternoon announced they have lifted the temporary Monday through Thursday daytime closure. Travelers should still anticipate delays up to 20 minute Monday through Friday until all the work is finished, which should happen late this month, said a park press release.


About 5.8 miles of the roadway from 2 miles south of Deer Creek Bridge to the intersection of Highway 410 at Cayuse Pass and 1 1/2 miles of Highway 410 from 1?4 mile north of Cayuse Pass, east towards Chinook Pass to the first major switchback are being rehabbed during this project.


Crews have worked to improve drainage; excavate, stabilize and reinforce failing subsurface material; repair and stabilize historic rock retaining walls; and resurface the road, according to the release.


Work also involves replacement of the failing stone and timber fence in the Tipsoo Lake area with a border rock edge that will withstand heavy snows.


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, also is available at www.nps.gov/mora.

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