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August 19, 2013 at 10:39 AM

North Cascades Highway reopened after slides

With the North Cascades Highway reopened, visitors can enjoy the views of mountains, waterfalls and lakes as they drive across the mountains. Shown here is Diablo Lake. (AP Photo/Shannon Dininny, 2009) The North Cascades Highway reopened this morning (Aug. 19)  at 10 a.m.  The scenic mountain road, very popular with tourists in summer, had been closed…

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August 16, 2013 at 11:32 AM

North Cascades Highway closed until at least Monday

Part of the North Cascades Highway vanishes under dirt and rocks, thanks to this mudslide - one of eight that closed the road on Aug. 10. (WSDOT photo)

Part of the North Cascades Highway vanished under dirt and rocks, thanks to this mudslide – one of eight that closed the road on Aug. 10. (WSDOT photo)

The North Cascades Highway is expected to remain closed at least until Monday (Aug. 19) as crews toil to clear landslides, forcing drivers  to take a longer route in and out of the Methow Valley.  And the highway closure is hitting tourism-dependent businesses hard as some visitors cancel trips.

The Washington State Department of Transportation had hoped to reopen the highway this weekend, but crews are dealing with  some boulders as big as passenger cars that have blocked the scenic mountain road, plus mounds of dirt and trees.

The highway closed last weekend after heavy rain and hail storms touched off eight mud slides that buried the road up to 25 feet deep in debris.

With more rain in the forecast this weekend for the area, it’s possible that more landslides

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August 12, 2013 at 2:11 PM

North Cascades Highway could be closed for many days

There's a road under there somewhere: The North Cascades Highway is closed near Rainy Pass after mudslides buried the road in dirt and rocks. (WSDOT photo)

There’s a road under there somewhere: The North Cascades Highway is closed near Rainy Pass after mudslides buried the road deep in dirt and rocks. (WSDOT photo)

Washington’s  North Cascades Highway could be closed for many days after eight mudslides on the weekend buried parts of the road 25 feet deep in dirt and rocks. 

Also called Highway 20, the mountain road is a  scenic and quicker route from Western Washington to the Methow Valley on the east side of the Cascades.  In summer, it’s a very popular route among vacationers, hikers, climbers and long-distance bicyclists, giving  dramatic views of peaks and back-country access.

 The slides hit a six-mile stretch of road just west of Rainy Pass, said

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