Winthrop is getting a break this week from repaving and related work on Highway 20 (Riverside Avenue) through the town. Work is expected to resume on Monday (July 10) and, if all goes as planned, conclude by the end of next week, according to Deputy Clerk Cindy Hicks. Hicks said that striping, painting the intersection […]
One lane of traffic over Loup expected by July 9 By Ann McCreary Highway 20 over Loup Loup Pass is predicted to open to one lane of traffic by July 9, earlier than previously anticipated and good news to people who normally use that route for their work commute to and from the Methow and […]
Looking down into a chasm that was previously part of Highway 20 near milepost 212, it becomes clear that photos don’t do justice to the extent of the damage that resulted from flooding during heavy rains two months ago.
The roadbed on either side of the deep hole …
Highway construction crews from KRCI in Wenatchee resumed repair work this week on damaged sections of Highway 20 over Loup Loup Pass under a new $2.2 million contract approved by the Federal Highway Administration. The initial 30-working-day contract ended May 18, and work under the new contract began on Monday (May 22). KRCI was selected […]
Work to reopen Highway 20 to traffic over Loup Loup Pass continues six days a week, with a target opening date in June.
Meanwhile, snow clearing crews are making headway on Highway 20 over the North Cascades, and it appears likely the road will open to traffic in time for Memorial Day, …
For brief periods earlier this month, the Methow Valley was left with no way in or out after mudslides and flooding made highways impassable.
The valley was isolated only temporarily, but access remains problematic with Highway 20 buried under snow over the North Cascades and under extensive repairs over Loup Loup Pass for several weeks.
The snowpack giveth, and the snowpack taketh away.
An unusually massive accumulation of snow on the North Cascades Scenic Highway corridor will delay the opening of that vital tourism route to motor traffic until possibly as …
Each year an average of 14 motorcycle riders crash while riding on the North Cascades Scenic Highway between Marblemount and Okanogan, resulting in five fatalities and 13 serious injuries between 2011-2015.
Some of those deaths …
summer the North Cascades Scenic Highway attracts thousands of motorcycle riders who travel the route to enjoy the highway’s spectacular views, sweeping curves and tight turns.
Highway 20 is frequently called one of the “premier rides” on websites describing popular motorcycle routes in Washington state, and many riders heading east make the Methow Valley their destination.
Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) crews are continuing to clear the snow off of Highway 20 on both sides of Washington Pass. “The first week of clearing was a mixed bag,” WSDOT spokesman Jeff Adamson said in a press release. “On the west side, the pavement is now cleared for the first 11 miles […]