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Sunday, March 21, 2010

One last day of winter silence from Ross Dam to Silver Star

This just in from WSDOT:

Hi all,

Just thought you'd like to know that everything is set for the reopening to begin on Monday.  Expect an update on Monday's progress as early as I can get it to you on Tuesday. 

In the meantime, I've sent some pictures of the Kodiak Snow blower that I took yesterday afternoon, as the mechanics got finished with it and loaded it on the low boy for the trip to Twisp. (And you can also look at the pictures from last month's assessment trip, again!)

Weather next week looks wet and chilly, but probably not dangerous so stay optimistic for an early opening!

-Jeff Adamson 509-667-2815
 Of note are snow depth measurements taken during the survey a month ago:
The assessment team took snow-depth measurements from Silver Star Gate (milepost 171) all the way to the bare pavement they found about nine miles above the west side closure gate (milepost 134).
•Silver Star Gate - 3.3 feet compared with 2 feet last year.
•Cutthroat Ridge #6 - 9 feet compared with 25 feet last year.
•Liberty Bell Mtn. #1 – 12 feet compared to 40 feet last year.
•Washington Pass – 6 feet compared to 5.5 feet last year.
•Rainy Pass – 3.3 feet compared to 6 feet last year.

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