North Cascades Highway clearing under way

State Department of Transportation crews are in the process of removing snow from North Cascades Highway.

Credit: State Department of Transportation
State Department of Transportation crews are in the process of removing snow from North Cascades Highway.



— Less than a week into the clearing process, state crews have cleared about 2.5 miles on the east side of the North Cascades Highway.

Clearing started Monday on the east side at Silver Star gate near Mazama. West side clearing is scheduled to begin this coming Monday at Diablo.

On Wednesday, two lanes under 10 of the 12 Cutthroat Ridge avalanche chutes had been cleared before one of the state Department of Transportation’s large snow blowers went down. It was fixed by late afternoon.

The sky was sunny and temperatures reached the upper 40s.

The avalanche crew joined the work on Thursday. Crews expect to clear Cutthroat chute Nos. 11 and 12 today, then move on to Spiral Gulch. The climb to the Liberty Bell Mountain will follow.



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