To allow work crews an unimpeded time to install a large culvert, the road from the Nisqually entrance of Mount Rainier National Park to Longmire will be closed for at least two nights this week.
On Monday and Tuesday nights, and Wednesday night if necessary, no traffic will be allowed enter or exit the park via the Nisqually Road between 10:30 p.m.-4:30 a.m., according to a park news release.
Part of the project to rehabilitate 17.6 miles of road now underway, it is necessary to install a large culvert where Fish Creek passes under the road near the West Side Road junction. To complete this task as quickly as possible and to minimize the impacts to visitors during this work, the decision was made to close the park’s busiest road for these few nights.
Further details on the closure and suggested alternative routes will be posted on the park's webpage, on the park’s Facebook page and on Twitter.
Visitors should also note the Kautz Creek parking is open, but the picnic area is not finished. Picnic tables have been temporarily set up in a designated section of the parking lot. A provisional ramp leading from the parking lot to the sidewalk provides accessibility to the restrooms, according to the news release.
Drivers should expect temporary traffic delays of no more than 30 minutes Mondays-Fridays from 7:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m. between the Nisqually entrance and Longmire.
Penrose Point program
Visitors to Penrose Point State Park can learn about the history of camping at the park during a program on Aug. 16.
The presentation will be made by members of the Key Peninsula Historical Society. They will talk about the early days of camping at Penrose Point, with stories from the Puget Salish people and the family of Dr. Stephen Penrose, who spent many summers from the late 1880s to the 1930s camping at what would become the park.
The program will start at 7 p.m. at the campground amphitheater. The park is at 321 158th Ave. KPS, Lakebay. Park visitors will need a Discover Pass ($10 a day, $30 annually) to enter the park.
Check on fire restrictions
Folks with plans to go camping should check on camp and cooking fire restrictions before leaving home.
Restrictions at state parks, especially those on the east side of the state, are changing on a daily basis. For example, on Monday wood fires at Lake Easton State Park are OK in designated fire pits, but the use of charcoal is not.
For updates, you can check the webpage for individual parks, or you can go to the Washington State Parks & Recreation Commission’s Facebook page.
The state Department of Natural Resources posts wildfire updates and links to other information sources on its homepage.