After assessing snow levels in dozens of avalanche chutes, some stretching more than 2,000 feet above the highway, Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) crews will start clearing the North Cascades Highway on Monday, March 23, WSDOT announced on March 11. On March 10, WSDOT’s avalanche control team analyzed the snowpack and studied the extended forecast to determine a safe […]
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Highway 20 over Loup Loup Pass closed until June 4
Washout repairs require shutdown State Highway 20 remains closed until 9 p.m. next Tuesday (June 4) at milepost 222.4 as contractors work on emergency repairs to a washout that occurred on May 1. The closure started earlier this week on Tuesday morning (May 28). Previously, the highway had been open to one-lane, signal-controlled traffic. “The […]
Loup Loup Pass to be closed May 28 through June 4
From WSDOT — The emergency repair happening on SR 20 east of Loup Loup Pass following a washout earlier this month will require a full closure of the highway. From 6 a.m. Tuesday, May 28 until 9 p.m. Tuesday, June 4, the highway will be fully closed at milepost 222.4. The contractor has reached a […]
Winthrop, Twisp mayors present wish-lists to state Transportation Commission officials
Towns’ needs are different but center around Hwy 20 The mayors of Winthrop and Twisp took a rare opportunity to pitch their towns’ transportation needs to a state-level audience, including Secretary of Transportation Roger Millar, at a meeting last week. Millar and the state’s Transportation Commission convened at TwispWorks on May 14 and heard presentations […]
Work at state airport won’t close runways
Pilots will have access to an updated tie-down area after Methow Valley State Airport gets its long-awaited apron layout expansion, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) announced. Work starts May 28 with plans for new spaces to open after approximately 30 days, WSDOT said. Visiting pilots will not encounter any delays or runway closures […]
New crosswalks, bus stop part of Hwy 20 safety project in Twisp
New, more-visible crosswalks and a bus stop will be built at the intersection of Canyon Street and Highway 20 in Twisp, across from the Hank’s Harvest Foods shopping area, through a federal transportation grant.
The Town of Twisp has been awarded $409,000 in federal Department of Transportation funding for the project, which will …
State airport will close May 14 for runway repaving project
The Methow Valley State Airport between Twisp and Winthrop will close next week for more than a month while the runway is repaved.
The $5 million project is the largest airport rehabilitation project in scope and cost ever …
Gates open for North Cascades Highway traffic on Friday at 10 a.m.
Good news for people traveling from western Washington to Winthrop for the ’49er Days celebration — the North Cascades Highway is expected to open at 10 a.m. on Friday (May 11).
“We worked hard to get it open for ’49ers,” said Don Becker, maintenance supervisor for …
Comment online about ‘Winthrop in Motion’ mobility proposals
Details of the proposed “Winthrop In Motion” plan for better downtown mobility and an improved streetscape can now be viewed online at http://winthrop.altaprojects.net.
The site allows commentary on the proposals, which are intended to improve pedestrian, bicycle and …
Winthrop Town Council scans the horizon, sees challenges
The Winthrop Town Council is intent on finishing some things even as it looks forward to starting some new things.
At a workshop last week, council members said they would like to see more progress on some of the town’s biggest projects, such as the Susie Stephens Trail and the Riverwalk.