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Mon., March 31, 2014, 6 a.m.

North Cascades Highway clearing starts today

Washington DOT crews clear snow from the North Cascades Highway at  Liberty Bell chute #1.
 (Washington Department of Transportation)
Washington DOT crews clear snow from the North Cascades Highway at Liberty Bell chute #1. (Washington Department of Transportation)

PARKS – Crews are scheduled to begin clearing snow from the North Cascades Highway today, March 31, Washington Transportation Department officials say. The mountainous stretch of Highway 20 could reopen by early May.

The highway closed for the winter on Dec. 3.

Avalanche control and maintenance workers took a tracked vehicle from Mazama to Washington Pass two weeks ago. They found snow at Washington Pass 10 feet deep and the snow in the avalanche chutes below Liberty Bell 35 feet deep. 




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Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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