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Road to Artist Point closing for week of tree removal

(GLACIER)– Last winter, the perfect storm of wet snow mixed with high winds wreaked havoc on the Mount Baker Highway, as roughly 175 trees fell or uprooted on Dec. 18, closing the road for three days. This year crews will help reduce the risk of a repeat event by cutting down roughly 100 dead or dying trees.  Starting Monday, Sept 30, crews will close five miles of State Route 542, 8 miles east of Glacier, for a week to fell trees. From 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. each day, WSDOT maintenance and contractor crews will close the road while they work together to remove the trees.  Crews expect they can have all the trees cut and cleared by Friday afternoon, Oct. 4.  As it does each year, WSDOT worked with the US Forest Service to identify trees that were dead or dying and within reach of the highway.  Crews will work to cut as many of the trees back into the woods, and push any that fall on the road back into the forest far enough to not be a hazard to drivers.  This section of SR 542 runs through the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.