Crews will resume work Friday on 10 miles of Stevens Canyon Road in Mount Rainier National Park.
This will be the second and final season of road rehabilitation that begun last summer by Tucci and Sons, Inc., of Tacoma that was awarded the $8.9 million contract.
Work this spring and summer will focus on drainage improvements; repair and stabilization and reconstruction of historic rock retaining walls; leveling the existing asphalt surface in spots; and resurfacing the roadway. Minor repair also will be done at two road tunnels west of Box Canyon.
Visitors should expect delays up 20 minutes through each work area Mondays through Fridays, said park superintendent Randy King. The project is to be completed in mid September.
Stevens Canyon Road connects the east and west side of the park, stretching 19 miles from state Route 123 at the east end to intersection with the Nisqually-to-Paradise Road at the west end, two miles south of Paradise.
Park visitors wanting to avoid delays because of the road work should access the Paradise area from the southwest via the Nisqually Entrance at the east end of state Route 706. Visitors traveling from the east via state Routes 410 and 123, and/or U.S. Highway 12 and who want to visit Paradise should seek alternate routes.
The park also is strongly encouraging bicyclists to avoid Stevens Canyon Road this summer due to frequent construction delays and need for escorted traffic through specific areas. Those who do choose to bicycle or ride motorcycles on this road should take extra care in maintaining slower than normal speeds as loose gravel and/or tack oil surfaces will be encountered throughout the construction areas.
For updated information on the project, call 360-569-2166. Drivers also can get real-time traffic and weather information by dialing 5-1-1 from most cell phones. King reminded visitors to call before prior driving to the park, as cell phone coverage is minimal within the park.