People of Northwest Public Radio
Mon August 19, 2013
North Cascades Highway Reopens After Mudslides
The Washington State Department of Transportation announced that SR 20, the North Cascades Highway reopened at 10 a.m. Monday. The highway was closed for over a week after heavy rain and high winds caused several large mudslides.
A total of eight mudslides hit the section of highway between mileposts 149 and 155 west of Rainy Pass. The mudslides varied in length and depth, the largest slide was 1/4 of a mile long and 25 feet deep.
Crews working to clear the mudslide had to repair guard rails, clear drainage areas and pave sections of the road. Over 3,000 dump trucks of mud and other debris had to be removed from the stretch of highway.
Drivers should expect occasional delays over the next several weeks as crews continue to clear the slopes on both sides of the highway.
WSDOT Pictures of the mudslides: http://www.flickr.com/photos/wsdot/sets/72157635037166187/with/9495958514
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