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North Central Region NewsBrief

December 2, 2016

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o A very brief NewsBrief!

On the Road

This week, we began full time winter operations with 7-day winter crew schedules on the passes. Traffic volumes took a leap on Stevens Pass as the ski area opened Tuesday and with a foot of new snow Wednesday, opened all the lifts and runs today. (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.), 2’ base (4’ has fallen so far this year).

We’re expecting the traffic flow over Blewett to increase as well since Mission Ridge opened today. (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.), 18” base.


Traffic over both Stevens and Blewett will increase for the next three weekends as the
Leavenworth Christmas Lighting Festival is kicks off.

Saturday and Sunday street closures are planned as follows:

  • Front Street from US 2 to 10th St., 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • 8th St. from Front St. to Alley, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • 9th St. from US 2 to Alley south of Front St., Noon to 6 p.m.

If you are planning on coming for the festival, please allow extra time. Last year backups extended several miles as people arrived and tried to find parking.

The North Cascades closed for the season on Monday 11/21. There is now snow down to the closure gates so snowmobilers are happy. This morning there was about 5’ at Washington Pass and 2’ at Rainy.

To the south of us, Cayuse and Chinook Passes closed for the season Tuesday, 11/29.

Echo and Wanapum, our two view points overlooking the Vantage Bridge on I-90 closed for winter Wednesday, 11/30.

Be safe,

Dan Sarles

Regional Administrator, WSDOT North Central Region

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