Bicyclists can use North Cascades Highway again

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The Northern Tier Bicycle Route, as well as other routes that use the North Cascades Highway, are open to bicycle travelers again as State Route 20 is scheduled to reopen at 10 a.m. Monday.

North Cascades Highway
in drier times

A section of highway around Rainy Pass has been closed for more than a week as Washington State Department of Transportation crews cleared debris from eight landslides that covered the road that serves as the northernmost crossing over the Cascades in Washington state.

Crews removed 3,000 dump trucks full of mud, boulders, trees and debris to complete the task. A press release warns users to keep an eye open for crews who are still working to repair guardrails, drainages and pavement.

The highway was closed after mudslides between mileposts 149 and 155 covered the highway in 3 to 25 feet of mud and debris.

The road is used by cross-country bicyclists on the Northern Tier Bicycle Route, which stretches from Bar Harbor, Maine, to Anacortes, Washington. It’s also on Adventure Cycling Association’s Washington State Parks and Sierra Cascades bicycle routes

The highway will likely close in late October or early November when the first heavy snowfall hits. It usually remains closed until April when road crews finally clear away the snow down to dry pavement.

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