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Upper reaches of the Spirit Lake Memorial Highway to close this weekend

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 09:13

Bart Treece, communications, 360-905-2058

Last chance to view Mount St. Helens from Johnston Ridge this year: Sunday, Oct. 29

JOHNSTON RIDGE – Those who are looking to take in the views of Mount St. Helens from the Johnston Ridge Observatory should make plans for one last trip this weekend, or else they’ll have to wait until next spring.

The upper reaches of the Spirit Lake Memorial Highway, also known as State Route 504, will close at 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29.

Each fall, the Washington State Department of Transportation coordinates the seasonal closure of the gates at Coldwater Lake with the U.S. Forest Service in anticipation of hazardous winter weather.

“The wet and cold months have the potential to do a lot of damage to the roadway,” said WSDOT maintenance supervisor Aaron Yanez. “Before the weather turns nasty, we’ll work in the closure area to prep the highway by clearing culverts and ditches in hopes of minimizing springtime repairs.”

The lower portion of the Spirit Lake Memorial Highway up to Coldwater Lake will stay open as long as conditions allow. WSDOT will reopen the full stretch of the highway in the spring once the threat of significant snowfall passes.

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