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North Cascades Highway reopening today

Pedaling over the North Cascades Highway on a Cascade Peak bicycle tour sponsored by Adventure Cycling.  (Greg Siple)
Pedaling over the North Cascades Highway on a Cascade Peak bicycle tour sponsored by Adventure Cycling. (Greg Siple)

OUTDOORS ACCESS -- The Washington Department of Transportation says the North Cascades Highway is reopening at 10 a.m. this morning.

It was closed last week by severe mudslides near Rainy Pass.

Several businesses along the scenic route winding its way through the North Cascades National Park reported slower business as a result of the closure last week. Road workers using heavy equipment worked last week to remove about 30,000 cubic feet of rocks and trees in the roadway moved by mountain slides caused by heavy rain.

During the height of tourist season, generally falling in August and September, roughly 2,000 vehicles travel along the highway daily. 




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