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SR 504 Spirit Lake Memorial Highway reopens May 16

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - 09:57

Celeste Dimichina, communications, 360-905-2057

TOUTLE – The scenic tree-lined stretch of highway leading to Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument will soon reopen, granting visitors passage to delight in the mountains breathtaking scenery.

On Wednesday, May 16, travelers on State Route 504 – also known as Spirit Lake Memorial Highway – will have access past the gates at Coldwater Lake, continuing up to the Johnston Ridge Observatory and seven miles beyond.

“Because winter weather is unpredictable, we’re always faced with new challenges,” said WSDOT Maintenance Supervisor, Aaron Yanez. “This past winter was no different. It took a lot of effort over the past several weeks for crews to clear the highway of snow and debris, and we’re glad we could open it as soon as we are.”

Each year, because of heavy snowfall, the Washington State Department of Transportation closes the highway for the winter. Once the threat of significant snowfall has passed, WSDOT maintenance crews work to clear any remaining snow, as well as debris and rocks from the roadway in preparation for summer travelers.

WSDOT coordinates closely with the U.S Forest Service to ensure SR 504 is open to travelers headed to Johnston Ridge Observatory in time for the annual May 18 event honoring the mountain’s eruption in 1980.

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