Temporary Road Closure on State Route 123 for Paving beginning September 2, 2008 through Mount Rainier National Park.

DATE: 8/26/08


For Immediate Release

Contacts: Eric J. Walkinshaw, Project Manager, Mount Rainier National
Park, (360) 569-2166

Broch Bender, WSDOT Communications, (206) 440-4702 (Seattle)
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Mount Rainier National Park Superintendent Dave Uberuaga, Washington State
Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration officials
announce a temporary daytime closure on State Route (SR) 123 through Mount
Rainier National Park. from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for paving, Mondays
through Thursdays beginning immediately following the Labor Day holiday on
September 2.< /p>

The closure area will be from Cayuse Pass (intersection w / SR 410) to just
north of the intersection with the Stevens Canyon Road. Pending weather
delays, it is estimated that the Monday through Thursday closures will end
at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 18, 2008. If extension of this date is
necessary, an updated press release will be issued.< /p>

The Federal Highway Administration awarded the contract to DLM Contracting,
Inc. of Bozeman, Montana for $6,072,726.00 on May 16, 2008 and the Notice
to Proceed was issued on June 5, 2008.< /p>

Approximately 5.8 miles of SR 123 from 2 miles south of Deer Creek Bridge
to the intersection of SR 410 at Cayuse Pass and 1.5 miles of SR 410 from
mile north of Cayuse Pass, east towards Chinook Pass to the first major
switchback are being rehabilitated under this contract.< /p>

Specific work under this project include: improving drainage; excavating,
stabilizing and reinforcing failing subsurface material; repair /stabilize
historic rock retaining walls; milling /recycling the asphalt surface as
road base; and resurfacing with new hot-mix asphalt. Work also involves
replacement of the failing stone /timber fence in the Tipsoo Lake area with
a border rock edge that will withstand heavy snow loading experienced in
this area and circulation /safety improvements at the Cayuse Pass
intersection.< /p>

During the temporary closure, visitors should continue to anticipate 20
minutes delays on SR 123 on Fridays, as well as the section of SR 410
adjacent to the intersection with SR 123 at Cayuse Pass Mondays through
Fridays. Visitors should also anticipate one-lane alternating access on SR
410 at Mile Post 73 (approximately 5 miles east of Chinook Pass within
Wenatchee National Forest) due to damage incurred from last winter’s
avalanche activity.< /p>

SR 123 serves the east side of the park, extending for approximately 20
miles from the intersection of U.S. 12 to the south to the intersection
with SR 410 on the north at Cayuse Pass. SR 410 also serves the east side
of the park, extending from SR 167 near Sumner, Washington east 107 miles
over the Cascade Range at Chinook Pass to the intersection with US 12.4
miles west of Naches, Washington. SR 410 is one of five state highways
that connect the Puget Sound area with eastern Washington. SR 410 is closed
at the park boundary during the winter months, approximately early December
to late May.< /p>

Updated information on this project may be obtained by calling Mount
Rainier National Park at 360-569-2211, ext. 2166. Information on this
project, as well as general park information, is also available on Mount
Rainier National Park’s Intranet Homepage (www.nps.gov /mora).< /p>

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NOTE: Drivers can now get real time traffic and weather information by
dialing 5-1-1 from most phones. This new traveler information system builds
upon the highly successful Washington State Highway hotline that manages
4.6 million calls each year. Callers can also use 5-1-1 to get statewide
construction, mountain pass conditions, and state ferry system information,
as well as toll free numbers for passenger rail and airlines. TTY users can
call 1-800-833-6388. < /p>

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