WASDOT opens North Cascades Highway

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MARBLEMOUNT, Wash. (AP) — The state Transportation Department reopened the North Cascades Highway at noon Thursday after seven weeks of blowing and bulldozing snow and avalanche debris off the roadway.

The highway closed for the winter in November along a 37-mile stretch between Diablo Dam and Mazama.

The northernmost route through the North Cascades includes the 4,855-foot Rainy Pass and 5,477-foot-Washington Pass.

Last year the highway reopened on May 25.