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Mount Rainier National Park requesting public review of Nisqually to Paradise road project

Post by Craig Hill / The News Tribune on July 24, 2012 at 8:21 am |
July 24, 2012 8:21 am

A request for public review issued Thursday afternoon by Mount Rainier National Park:

Mount Rainier National Park Superintendent Randy King has announced that an
environmental assessment has been prepared for the Nisqually to Paradise
Road Rehabilitation project.

The roadway begins at the Nisqually Entrance and continues for 17.6 miles
to Paradise.  The road work would take place in two phases, each phase
lasting two years. The first phase extends from the Nisqually Entrance
(milepost 0.0 to milepost 6.5) and is scheduled to start as early as
2013-2014.  This phase may also include reconstruction of a portion of
guardwall on the Ricksecker Loop. The second phase of roadwork would start
as early as 2015-2016 and is between milepost 6.5 and ending at Paradise
(milepost 17.6). This phase includes repaving of the parking lots at
Paradise and repaving Paradise Valley Road. Ricksecker Loop Road paving and
the Paradise Valley Road could be conducted during either phase.

The EA evaluates two alternatives: a no action alternative and a preferred
alternative.  Under the no action alternative, the road would not be
repaired or improved. The road pavement and structural integrity would
continue to deteriorate and drainage problems would persist. Park staff
would continue routine road maintenance and repairs as it has in the past.
The preferred alternative includes a number of measures to repair and
improve the condition of the road, including repair of structural
deficiencies, paving, improving drainage, bridge maintenance, embankment
stabilization, utility upgrades, and other improvements.

The park is inviting comments from individuals, organizations and other
agencies. The environmental assessment is available electronically at
http://parkplanning.nps.gov/NtoP, choosing Mount Rainier National Park from
the drop down menu.

Those wishing to provide comments should submit them electronically at the
above park planning website, or in writing to:  Superintendent, Mount
Rainier National Park, 55210 238th Ave. E., Ashford, Washington 98304.
Please provide comments no later than August 23, 2012.

Your comments, including your personal identifying information (name,
address, telephone, e-mail address) – may be made publicly available at any
time, if requested under the Freedom of Information Act.  While you can
request your personal identifying information (name, address, telephone,
and email address) be withheld from public review, we cannot guarantee that
we will be able to do so.

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