MAZAMA — The state Department of Transportation plans to reopen the North Cascades Highway at 1 p.m. on Tuesday.
The opening is dependent on weather and equipment. Some snow was expected Friday and Saturday, so unexpected amounts or problems with equipment could change the plan.
A 38-mile stretch of the Highway 20 from west of Mazama to Newhalem closes each year due to avalanche danger.
It closed this winter on Nov. 20.
Reopening dates generally range from mid-April to early May. Last year, it opened on May 10, and in 2011, it didn’t reopen until May 25.
This year, crews began clearing snow in early March, and by end of the day Wednesday, working from both the east and west sides, they were separated by only a half-mile of snow-covered highway. They met up Thursday morning, and spent the rest of the day widening their work.
They’ll spend the next few days keeping the road clear of new snow, creating pull-out spots and spreading sand, salt and deicer as needed.