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Fryingpan Creek Bridge Environmental Assessment


The National Park Service (NPS) in cooperation with the Federal Highways Administration, Western Federal Lands Highway Division (FHWA), proposes to replace the Fryingpan Creek Bridge which is located in the northeastern area of Mount Rainier National Park along the Sunrise Road. The Sunrise Road is a 15-mile section of highway that provides the sole vehicular access from Mather Memorial Highway (Highway 410) to the Sunrise Developed Area and White River Campground within the park.

An environmental assessment (EA) has been prepared to analyze the proposed replacement of the Fryingpan Creek Bridge in order to provide for sustainable vehicular access to the Sunrise and White River areas within the park while meeting bridge safety and accessibility requirements. The EA is available for public review and comment from April 5 - May 7, 2023. A virtual public meeting is scheduled for April 12, 2023 at 4:00 p.m. Pacific Time.

Fryingpan Creek Bridge is located approximately 3 miles west of the White River Entrance and Ranger Station. The bridge is rated as of "major" concern in the most recent FHWA Bridge Inspection Report. The Fryingpan Creek Bridge remains safe for continued use at reduced loads and with frequent inspections, however extensive rehabilitation or replacement is necessary to ensure continued vehicular access to this popular area within Mount Rainier National Park.
 
Comment Period: Closed        Apr 5, 2023 - May 7, 2023
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