A Tacoma company has been awarded an $8.91 million contract for the second phase of work on Stevens Canyon Road at Mount Rainier National Park.
The road is the main east-west route along the southern portion fo the park. The work this summer will be done on the western five miles of the road and the eastern five miles.
Park superintendent Randy King said the road rehabilitation project will be done by Tucci and Sons Inc. A notice to proceed was issued Tuesday with a contract completion date of Sept. 17, 2013.
This phase of the project will include the resurfacing, restoration, and rehabilitation of the road and other related facilities, including bridges, tunnels, culverts, guard walls, retaining walls, turnouts and the short Wonderland Trail section adjacent to Reflection Lake. The improvements will occur along two segments of the 19-mile road.
Starting early this month and running through Sept. 4, expect 20-minute delays Mondays-Fridays through work zones.
After Sept. 4, the road will be closed to through traffic (for both vehicles and bicycles) from just east of the intersection with the Paradise Valley Road to the east end of the tunnel at Box Canyon.
Visitors will be able to access Backbone Ridge, Box Canyon and nearby trailheads in the southeast corner of the park via the east entrance near state Route 123 during the 2012 closure. Wonderland Trail hikers, as well as day hikers, will be permitted to hike through the construction zone to access adjacent trails.
Updated information on this project can be obtained by calling the park at 360-569-2166. Information on this project, as well as general information, is also available on the park’s website at nps.gov/mora/parknews/newsreleases.htm.
STATE PARK CONCERTS
The seventh annual outdoor concerts series at Cape Disappointment State Park in Ilwaco will open Saturday.
The concerts will run from 7-8:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Saturdays in June, July and August at the Confluence Project amphitheater at the park’s Waikiki Beach. Visitors may take along a chair or blanket and listen to music ranging from bluegrass to rock with the Pacific Ocean as a backdrop.
The performances include:
Saturday: Battleme, a solo alternative rock project by front man Matt Drenik of the Lions.
June 23: Dana and Susan Robinson, a folk and bluegrass duo from North Carolina. The Robinsons are the featured artists in the Public Broadcasting Services’ “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea” television series.
July 14: The Winterlings, an innovative folk music due from Port Angeles.
July 28: Holiday Friends, a Long Beach-area rock group.
Aug. 11: The Bost Family Traditions, a family bluegrass band from Arizona.
Aug. 25: The Ian McFeron Band, an alternative folk rock band from Seattle.
A Discover Pass is required to attend all performances with exception of the Saturday concert. In recognition of National Get Outdoors Day, Saturday is a State Parks “free day.” The Discover Pass is not required to access state parks on free firstname.lastname@example.org 253-597-8640 blog.thenewstribune.com/adventure