North Cascades Highway to reopen Wednesday

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WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) -- The Washington Transportation Department says road crews expect to reopen the North Cascades Highway at noon Wednesday.

Spokesman Jeff Adamson says that would be the second-latest opening since travelers began using the highway 39 years ago. The latest was June 14, 1974.

Crews started clearing winter snow from the section of Highway 20 on April 11.

The opening is later than usual this year because of the heavy snowpack. When crews began their work, they found the highway segment buried in snow as deep as 75 feet.

Last year the North Cascades Highway opened on April 16. It was closed by snow on Dec. 1.