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Thursday, April 1, 2010

Hwy 20 clearing stymied by avalanche

This just in from WSDOT re the clearing of Hwy 20 through the North Cascades:
The highway is cleared, guardrail to guardrail [from Early Winters on the east] all the way to Blue Lake (between Washington and Rainy Passes).  About 1:30 this afternoon, a slide came in down Liberty Bell chute #3 and dumped 8 to 10 feet of snow across both lanes.  Needless to say, the avalanche crew is heading back to Stevens Pass - they'll be at Liberty Bell on Monday, so the maintenance crew can clear it again (and the rest of the new snow on the highway.)
WSDOT has a Flickr photostream so you can watch your tax dollars at work and get some glimpses of the scenery. Here's a sample:

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