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North Cascades Highway reopening for season

Cyclists from the Mazama area enjoy riding the North Cascades Highway vehicle-free while Washington Department of Transportation crews work to clear snow.
Cyclists from the Mazama area enjoy riding the North Cascades Highway vehicle-free while Washington Department of Transportation crews work to clear snow.

PARKS – The North Cascades Highway will reopen at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 22, a week earlier than predicted when the snow clearing work began last month.

Washington state Department of Transportation crews began clearing snow off State Route 20 west of Winthrop on March 17.  Warmer than normal weather and melt-off this month has sped up the task.

The highway leads from the Winthrop area in Eastern Washington westward into North Cascades National Park, over Washington Pass, to Marblemount and Sedrow Woolley in Western Washington.

The mid-morning reopening allows the crew time to sweep the entire 37-mile winter closure zone for sand, rocks and debris, clear any snow from below avalanche chutes, and apply sand or deicer as needed.




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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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