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Offline JMilyko

Cascade Highway/Washington SR 20 - NT 1, SC 1, WP 2 - 2011
« on: April 04, 2011, 07:37:08 am »
For information about the probable opening date of the Cascade Highway/SR 50 on the Northern Tier #1 - Maps 4 & 5, Sierra Cascades #1 - Maps 5 & 6 and Washington Parks #2- Maps 26 & 27 please see press release below:

Washington State Department of Transportation – NEWS

North Central Region - PO Box 98, Wenatchee, WA 98807-0098, 509-667-3000

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                             March 30, 2011

Contact: Jeff Adamson, Communications Manager, 509-667-2815 (Wenatchee)       

Clearing the North Cascades Highway starts April 11
Deep snow and avalanche danger forces latest start in 20 years

TWISP – It’s shaping up to be the latest reopening in 20 years for the North Cascades Highway. Up to 15 feet of snow has fallen in the last month and the avalanche danger is extreme, forcing the reopening to begin later than normal this year.

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) plans to begin clearing State Route 20 on Monday, April 11. The 34-mile stretch between the Skagit and Methow valleys has been closed since Dec. 1.

Last year, crews started clearing snow on March 22, and only four weeks later Tootsie Clark was serving her famous cinnamon rolls to the first drivers at the gate when it opened April 16.

WSDOT cannot shift the avalanche crew and snow-clearing equipment from Stevens Pass to the North Cascades Highway until the threat of snow and avalanche danger subsides. “We’ve received a third of a normal season’s snow total in just the last month,” said Avalanche Supervisor Mike Stanford. “We haven’t seen this much snow in years. Right now, there’s a lot of deep, unstable snow in the avalanche chutes above the highway.”

Avalanche control was required today on Stevens Pass due to new snow overnight followed by heavy rain and warm temperatures.

On the annual North Cascades assessment trip on March 17, crews found snow 60 feet deep burying the road below the Liberty Bell Mountain avalanche zone. Pictures are posted on Flickr www.flickr.com/photos/wsdot/sets/72157626170712679/.

The work is expected to take as many as six weeks to complete this year.

For maps, pictures, frequently asked questions and a history of opening dates for the North Cascades Highway, visit the website www.wsdot.wa.gov/traffic/passes/northcascades/.

Subscribe for reopening e-mail updates here:  www.wsdot.wa.gov/emailupdates.

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Re: Cascade Highway/Washington SR 20 - NT 1, SC 1, WP 2 - 2011
« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2011, 12:09:46 am »
So much for that early start on the NT. Thx for the links, I was wanting to start on the first week of May,guess not. Best regards Geo.

Offline PeteJack

Re: Cascade Highway/Washington SR 20 - NT 1, SC 1, WP 2 - 2011
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