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Culvert project will shut state Route 123 at Mount Rainier early next week

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on Sep. 14, 2012 at 9:41 am with No Comments »
September 14, 2012 9:41 am

State Route 123 through Mount Rainier National Park will be closed temporarily beginning Monday at 7 a.m.

The closure will extend from Cayuse Pass at the intersection with state Route 410, to just north of the Shriner Peak trailhead, approximately seven miles south of Cayuse Pass.

Depending on the weather, park superintendent Randy King said the closures is expected to last until 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Tacoma-based Tucci and Sons, Inc., will be working to replace a 36-inch culvert that runs under the road. In 2009, crews discovered that concrete culvert sections had separated well beneath the road. The Washington State Department of Transportation plugged the culvert, filled in the intake basin and installed two smaller diameter shallow temporary culverts in 2010.

During the road closure, park visitors can access state Route 123 from the park’s southeast entrance via U.S. Highway 12 to reach the Shiner Peak trailhead. Due to the limited turnaround area at Shiner Peak trailhead, oversize vehicles are encouraged to turnaround at the east entrance to Stevens Canyon Road.

Visitors wanting to reach the Box Canyon overlook and picnic areas can do so from the east via Stevens Canyon Road. Because of another road project, however, visitors cannot drive on the west end of Stevens Canyon Road, meaning visitors cannot reach Paradise from the east via Stevens Canyon Road.

State Route 123 runs along the east edge of the park for about 20 miles, from the
intersection of U.S. 12 to the south to the intersection with state Route 410 on the north at Cayuse Pass. State Route 410 also serves the east side of the park, extending from state Route 167 near Sumner, east 107 miles over the Cascade Range at Chinook Pass to the intersection with US 12, 4 miles west of Naches.

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