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September 30, 2014 at 3:05 PM

Expect Olympic National Park road delays in next 10 days

Visitors to Olympic National Park in coming days should expect delays on some park roads as crews begin work to remove dirt and debris from drainage ditches.  Roads will remain open throughout the work, but some significant traffic stops are anticipated, park officials announced. Expect delays as follows: Sol Duc Road: Motorists may encounter northbound delays…


Comments | More in Northwest, Olympic National Park, Parks, road travel | Topics: olympic national park, Olympic Peninsula, road delays

July 3, 2014 at 10:49 AM

Free map helps visitors find way to Darrington — to help it recover

Whitehorse Mountain dominates the skyline above Darrington. (photo by Mark Harrison/The Seattle Times) If you’re still looking for ideas for the holiday weekend, consider some recreation around a town that is really welcoming visitors this summer: Darrington. A new map and brochure — offered online as well as in a print version — can help you find…


Comments | Topics: Darrington, Darrington map, Highway 530

May 7, 2014 at 4:56 PM

North Cascades Highway reopens just in time for Winthrop festival

[do action=”custom_iframe” url=”” width=”630″ height=”500″ scrolling=””/]Washington highway workers reopened  the North Cascades Highway at noon Thursday for the summer travel season. On  Monday the crews were still 3.5 miles apart, but they delivered on their hope to reopen the highway the day before the annual Winthrop 49er Days festival begins. Washington State Department of Transportation photos…


Comments | Topics: North Cascades, North Cascades Highway, snow plowing

March 3, 2014 at 10:09 AM

Snow, snow and more snow in the mountains

Traffic was nonexistent in this webcam photo on Snoqualmie Pass just before 10 a.m. Monday. Interstate 90 was closed in both directions. (Washington State Department of Transportation) Do you remember something about a shortage of snow in Washington’s mountains? Naw. Snow was coming down so fast on Snoqualmie Pass that Interstate 90 was closed in…


Comments | More in highways, Northwest, Outdoors, road travel, snow sports | Topics: crystal mountain, I-90 closure, Mount Baker

February 24, 2014 at 10:09 AM

Snow, snow, snow in Bellingham and Vancouver, B.C.

It was looking snowy – and empty –  Monday morning at the roadway by Peace Arch, at the U.S.-Canada border crossing at Blaine. (WSDOT photo) Planning to drive north?  Be ready for snow and more snow.  A winter storm has blanketed Northwest Washington and the Vancouver, B.C., area with snow, making the drive along Interstate 5 and…


Comments | More in road travel, Washington state | Topics: Bellingham, road conditions, snow