RAINY PASS – A team of two dozen Washington State Department of Transportation maintenance workers and contractors are working to clear a six mile stretch of the North Cascades Highway (State Route 20) that was buried by a series of eight mudslides this past weekend.
With more rain in the forecast, crews are preparing for the possibility of additional landslides that could prolong the closure of the North Cascades Highway. Methow Valley-bound drivers should plan to take an alternate route at least until Monday, Aug. 19. WSDOT crews will continue working through the weekend and provide updates as information becomes available.
Assuming no new slides, WSDOT maintenance and contractor crews still have about 20 football field’s worth of soil, boulders and trees to remove. Once the road is cleared, additional drainage work as well as guardrail and pavement repair must be completed before the road can be reopened to drivers.
Alternate route information
Heavy rain, hail and high winds caused eight mudslides between milepost 149 and 155, just west of Rainy Pass. Portions of the highway were buried in debris at depths ranging from 3 to 25 feet.
Hyperlinks within the release:
- North Cascades Highway www.wsdot.wa.gov/traffic/passes/northcascades
- Flickr www.flickr.com/photos/wsdot/sets/72157635037166187/with/9496492120/
- US 2 Stevens Pass www.wsdot.com/traffic/passes/stevens/default.aspx
- I-90 Snoqualmie Pass www.wsdot.com/traffic/passes/snoqualmie/default.aspx
- WSDOT Passes www.wsdot.com/traffic/passes/