DATE: 7/24/09


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Eric Walkinshaw, 360-569-2211, x2166
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Mount Rainier Acting Superintendent Randy King advises that the final
inspection for the flood damage repair of the Stevens Canyon Road at MP
14.1 is scheduled for Thursday, July 30. The park expects the road will be
ready to reopen to the public by 5:00 p.m. on that date.< /p>

This section of the Stevens Canyon Road (east of Backbone Ridge Viewpoint)
was damaged during a January 2009 storm and has been closed to through
traffic all season. Park visitors could access the road up to the Grove of
the Patriarchs from the east and to Box Canyon from the west during the
repairs. Visitors wanting access to Paradise from the east were required
to use the Skate Creek Road /Forest Service Road 52 at Packwood, or State
Routes 12 and 7 through Morton during this time.< /p>

Randolph Construction Services, Inc. of Pasco, Washington was the
contractor for this project. In addition, this company completed the
repair work of the Nisqually Road at Glacier Hill earlier in the season. < /p>

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