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PostThu Mar 26, 2020 4:23 pm 
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Sec of Transportation suspends spring clearing of Hwy. 20

https://www.wsdot.wa.gov/travel/highways-bridges/passes/north-cascades-highway/home

The crew working from the east side had started clearing work Monday.
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PostFri Mar 27, 2020 8:28 am 
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That throws a monkey into the wrench.  No telling when she'll open now.

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PostSun Apr 26, 2020 6:58 pm 
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Has clearing started yet?
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PostSun Apr 26, 2020 7:44 pm 
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They started again - very quietly - maybe 2 weeks ago....at least on the East Side.
Talked with a ski friend who was up on WA Pass a couple days ago.  He said they’d chewed through all the avalanche paths and all was clear, except for the last Cutthroat slide path.  Even so...there is widening, other work to do before it is ‘ready to open.

But, it looks like WSDOT wont open - even if clear - until ......?
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PostSun Apr 26, 2020 8:06 pm 
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jinx'sboy wrote:
They started again - very quietly - maybe 2 weeks ago....at least on the East Side.
Talked with a ski friend who was up on WA Pass a couple days ago.  He said they’d chewed through all the avalanche paths and all was clear, except for the last Cutthroat slide path.  Even so...there is widening, other work to do before it is ‘ready to open.

But, it looks like WSDOT wont open - even if clear - until ......?

I believe the Methow valley full timers and the Okanogan County Health department aren't particularly keen on having a bunch of King county residents come flocking over Washington Pass to their 2nd homes. 

In normal times they want the tourist dollars -- during the pandemic not so much

Pacific County is telling owners of 2nd homes to stay in their 1st homes

https://www.thedailyworld.com/news/pacific-county-urges-owners-of-second-homes-to-stay-away/
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From what I understand and have heard, some of  the 2nd home folks came over early via the long way.  Their goal was to escape the virus.  Don't know if they are going to be successful or not.

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PostSun Apr 26, 2020 11:19 pm 
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So is strategy to leave one chute blocking, while clearing the rest?

I guess that lets WSDOT clear ditches, culverts and so on without needing to worry about traffic.

Best.
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PostSun Apr 26, 2020 11:32 pm 
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So is strategy to leave one chute blocking, while clearing the rest?

I guess that lets WSDOT clear ditches, culverts and so on without needing to worry about traffic.

Best.

There are sturdy steel gates at either end , the WSDOT leaves those locked until they officially open the highway to vehicle traffic. 

A few people do bike the hwy with ski gear to get a jump on Washington pass sking, though this risks a citation for traveling on a closed road.
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