Clearing the way to Artist Point is going on, WSDOT warns that early opening is unlikely

WSDOT service crews have begun clearing snow and ice on the last 2-mile section of Mount Baker Highway (June 2022). Photo courtesy of WSDOT

Glacier, Washington. Representatives from the Washington Department of Transportation (WSDOT) say maintenance crews have begun clearing the last 2-mile stretch of Mount Baker Highway (SR542), also known as the Road to Artist Point.

In a normal year, clearing the road takes 6 to 8 weeks; however, cooler weather and recent spring snowfall, the snow height near the gate is about 15 feet and we expect that at higher altitudes it will be deeper and so this season clearing will take more than usual.

Washington Department of Transportation (June 3, 2022)

Officials say a re-opening will also have to wait with a retaining wall assessment erosion of the slope of the hill led to the fact that part of the wall crumbled.

The roadway closed in October 2020 before the snowfall to reduce the risk of an uncontrolled collapse in the winter, according to WSDOT officials. The road was in August 2021 after a temporary overhaul reopened to oversized cars.

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