Highway 20 over North Cascades to open Wednesday

Vince Richardson, Skagit Valley Herald, Mount Vernon, Wash.

May 4—SEDRO-WOOLLEY — The gates on Highway 20 through the North Cascades will open at 1 p.m. Wednesday, the state Department of Transportation has announced.

Crews are currently finishing final repairs and avalanche control work before the gates east of Newhalem and west of Mazama will swing open, allowing travel between the Skagit and Methow valleys.

The process of clearing the 37 miles of snow-covered highway — which closes every winter due to heavy snowfall and avalanche danger — took about four weeks.