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May 17, 2011 at 5:00 AM

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Crews remove snow from North Cascades Highway

Posted by Erika Schultz

MARK HARRISON / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Facing the latest opening since the early 70's, WSDOT crews are currently working from both directions to remove the snow from Highway 20. On the North Cascades Highway, at Liberty Bell, west of Mazama, one 500 yard stretch of road was covered by 3 snow slides ranging from 60 to 70 feet deep.

WSDOT crews are hoping to have North Cascades Highway open by Memorial Day week. However, a mudslide, of about 20 feet deep and 100 feet long, slid across the corridor over the weekend.

View the WSDOT flickr photostream and mudslide: http://www.flickr.com/photos/wsdot/5727964580/in/photostream

MARK HARRISON / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Facing the latest opening since the early 1970s, DOT crews are working from both directions to remove the snow from Highway 20.

MARK HARRISON / THE SEATTLE TIMES

A bulldozer cuts snow off the top of a slide at the end of the partially-cleared highway last week.

To keep up with local weather, bookmark The Seattle Times weather blog: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/theweatherbeat/

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