(WINTHROP)– With Washington State Department of Transportation crews and the drivers waiting at the gates, celebrated at noon today, as the North Cascades Highway reopened just a day before the annual ‘49er Days Celebration in Winthrop.
Crews began the clearing process on State Route 20, the North Cascades Highway, on March 31. This year it took crews nearly six weeks to clear the highway as they cleared snow as deep as 35 feet over the roadway. On average, it takes four to six weeks for crews to clear the highway.
The mid-day reopening allowed the crew time to sweep the entire 37-mile winter closure zone for sand, rocks and debris, clear any snow from below avalanche chutes, and apply sand or deicer as needed.