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Mudslides close SR 20 North Cascades Highway through the weekend; Reopening date to be determined next week

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Date:  Friday, September 06, 2013

Contact: Dave Chesson, WSDOT communications, 360-757-5997

Update:  The reopening time has been updated to Thursday, Sept. 12 at noon. You can find the latest information on the North Cascades website.


RAINY PASS – Heavy rain caused mud and rock slides over State Route 20 in several locations, closing a 10-mile section of the North Cascades Highway. Crews do not expect to reopen the highway until sometime next week.

The North Cascades Highway is closed between mileposts 147 (10 miles west of Rainy Pass) and 157 at Rainy Pass. Washington State Department of Transportation will assesses how long it will take to clear the slides when dry weather returns by Monday. Crews must wait until the rain subsides to begin cleanup efforts, since debris is still coming down.

Travelers looking for updates can call the hotline at 360-707-5055, visit the North Cascades website or follow WSDOT on Twitter for updates.


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