[4/8/19] North Cascades Highway Update
The second week of clearing work continues to move along at a steady pace, due to low snow pack, favorable weather conditions and the hard work of the dedicated crews clearing the way.
Crews from both sides cleared over nine more miles of highway this past week, past Granite Creek Bridge on the west side, and through Cutthroat Ridge to the Liberty Bell slide chutes on the east side.
Above the gates on the west side, the crew worked through about almost two feet of snow on the pavement, to clear shoulder to shoulder for about 7 miles with the centerline cut almost to the Easy Pass trailhead. You never know what you’ll find in the snow – this week crews discovered a broken down snow mobile that was left on the highway. They carefully removed the snow from around it and moved the snow mobile to a safe place on the shoulder. The eastside crew has made it just short of the summit of Washington Pass. The eastside crew also continued to address danger trees and boulders encountered during clearing work.
The permanent closure gates will remain in place until the reopening work is complete. The highway behind the gates will remain closed Monday through Thursday while crews are actively working, but you can still take advantage of journeying behind the gate on snowmobile, ski, snowshoe or bike above the gates Friday through Sunday.
As always be sure to check on back country avalanche conditions before heading out.
You can follow progress of the SR 20 reopening efforts online at WSDOT.wa.gov