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North Cascades Highway reopens tonight

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on April 24, 2009 at 10:51 am with No Comments »
April 24, 2009 10:51 am

The North Cascades Highway, Highway 20, is expected to reopen today at 8 p.m., according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.

Crews have been able to take advantage of the warm weather that has sped the melting of snow to clear Rainy Pass (4,855 feet) at milepost 157.5 and Washington Pass (5,477 feet) at milepost 162.5.

Each winter, the state closes the highway on the west at milepost 134, east of Diablo, and on the east at milepost 170, 14 miles west of Mazama.

Opening of the highway allows drivers to again travel the Cascade Loop, a 400-mile driving tour through the Cascades.

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