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Crews hope to open N. Cascades Highway Thursday

Tue., Sept. 10, 2013, 6:42 a.m.

DIABLO, Wash. — The Washington Transportation Department says it hopes to reopen the North Cascades Highway at noon on Thursday.

Late last week, rain-caused mudslides in several locations closed a stretch of the highway, also known as State Highway 20.

Transportation officials say crews are making good progress in clearing a half dozen slides.

The highway is the northernmost route across Washington’s Cascade Mountains.

Avalanches typically close the highway for winter between late November and mid-December. It usually reopens by early May.

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