Second season only a few weeks away.

Second season only a few weeks away.

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April 19th, 2006, 4:16 pm #1

Chinook Pass clearing is underway. Should be open in about 3-4 weeks!


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May 1st, 2006, 3:38 pm #2

Cayuse Pass may not open for quite some time. Much damage has been discovered, but Chinook opening is projected for May 26.

This is aprox. 3 miles south of Cayuse Pass summit. Rockslide debris..... There is also a washout about a mile further up that took out 65' of road.



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May 1st, 2006, 11:16 pm #3

Access from the north will be OK once they finish clearing snow. The damage all looks to be between the 410/123 intersection and where 123 hooks up with 12.
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May 4th, 2006, 4:21 pm #4

Snow removal crews have advanced to within two miles of the Chinook Pass summit, four miles west of the Morse Creek gate on SR 410. WSDOT inspectors have assessed the damage to a section of roadway and guardrail from a 2005 washout. Repairs to the damage should take less than one week, and will continue alongside the snow removal work. Crews are also preparing to replace damaged signs and reflectors along SR 410 near the pass, where natural avalanches have bent or swept away the markers. WSDOT is still aiming to have all repairs completed and the pass open before Memorial Day. Good weather over the last week has made for steady progress by the snow removal crews.

Workers are using two dozers, two snow blowers, and a large front-end loader to remove snow in a coordinated effort. A first dozer aided by GPS equipment, called a pioneering dozer, moves ahead of the blowers, locating the roadway and side-casting snow down to a depth of six feet; any lower runs the risk of damage to guardrails and rock walls. The second dozer then carefully pushes the remaining snow to the roadway for removal by the blowers. This painstaking procedure also reveals any trees, boulders, and other debris for the loader to remove prior to blowing.

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May 15th, 2006, 10:45 pm #5



Updated May 11, 2006

Crews continue to make good progress. Snow removal equipment has made its way to the overlook area, just east of the national park entrance at the summit. Crews expect to pass over the summit next week and begin working down the west side of the pass toward Lake Tipsoo.

A WSDOT contractor is repairing the section of roadway and guardrail damaged by a washout. WSDOT crews will also replace damaged signs and reflectors as the remaining snow is removed. All repair work should be complete by the time Chinook Pass is opened.

WSDOT remains optimistic that the pass will be open by May 26.
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May 18th, 2006, 5:28 pm #6

Updated May 18, 2006

Snow-clearing crews have passed through the National Park Archway at the summit and are now about half a mile down the west slope. Other crews are working from the west end; the gap between the crews closes by several hundred yards per day.

Work is somewhat slower on the west slope, as decorative rock and railing require careful and precise snow removal to prevent damage. There is 14-16 feet of snow on the roadway in this area.

A WSDOT contractor has reparied the section of roadway two miles east of the summit damaged by a washout. WSDOT crews will replace damaged signs and reflectors as the remaining snow is removed. All repair work should be complete by the time Chinook Pass is opened.

WSDOT remains optimistic that the pass will be open by May 26.

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May 20th, 2006, 9:08 pm #7

Stimbuck here from WSDOT Avalanche.

We've been working hard to get Chinook Pass open before Memorial Day weekend and it looks like we are on track to open by Thursday May 25. Snow conditions have been good lately, and most of our avalanche work is nearing completion. A fair amount of snow remains above the highway and this could lead to further avalanche control work if the conditions require it. We ask that skiers/snowboarders avoid the slopes above the highway as there may be avalanche control work in progress (our crews will temporarily delay traffic to conduct control work). Additonally if the snow is loose you could trigger a slide that reaches the highway. There are signs in the bowl east of Chinook Pass that mark the area where avalanche work may be conducted.

Thank you for your cooperation!

Cheers,

Stimbuck



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May 23rd, 2006, 6:53 am #8

May 22, 2006

Barring unforeseen circumstances, WSDOT intends to open Chinook Pass at noon on Thursday, May 25. This site will be updated quickly should the opening schedule change.

Snow-clearing crews are finishing up the snow removal on the west slope; guardrail repairs, sign replacement, and lane striping work make up the remaining tasks prior to opening the pass.

A WSDOT contactor has repaired the damage to a section of roadway from a 2005 washout. Crews are replacing damaged guardrail, signs and reflectors along SR 410 near the pass, where natural avalanches have bent or swept away the markers. WSDOT is still aiming to have all repairs completed and the pass open before Memorial Day.

Workers are using two dozers, two snow blowers, and a large front-end loader to remove snow in a coordinated effort. A first dozer aided by GPS equipment, called a pioneering dozer, moves ahead of the blowers, locating the roadway and side-casting snow down to a depth of six feet; any lower runs the risk of damage to guardrails and rock walls. The second dozer then carefully pushes the remaining snow to the roadway for removal by the blowers. This painstaking procedure also reveals any trees, boulders, and other debris for the loader to remove prior to blowing.

Snowfall and winter driving conditions can occur at Chinook Pass (elevation 5,430 ft) through the end of May. Avalanche and control work closures remain a possibility during and after storm events. Please be prepared for winter driving conditions. Motorists are advised to watch for work crews and fallen rocks on the roadway.
Chinook Pass is designated as an All American Road and is an entrance to Mt. Rainier National Park. Tipsoo Lake, at the summit of Chinook Pass, is one of the most photographed landscapes in the U.S.

This section of SR 410 is closed annually; the closure typically happens between late November and May. A five-mile stretch, just east of the summit, is cut along the side of an avalanche area that makes it too dangerous to keep open during the snowy winter months. The annual closure area lies between two gates; the west gate at the intersection of SR 410 and SR 123, and the east gate on SR 410 at Morse Creek, 6 miles east of the summit.

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May 24th, 2006, 7:36 pm #9

Barring unforeseen circumstances, WSDOT intends to open Chinook Pass at noon on Thursday, May 25. This site will be updated quickly should the opening schedule change.

Once the pass is open, travelers from the north and east can access the White River entrance to Mount Rainier National Park off of SR 410 coming from Enumclaw or Yakima, and make their way to the White River campground and the Sunrise Visitor Center. The Stevens Canyon Road entrance at the southeast entrance to the park is also scheduled to open Thursday; visitors can then access Stevens Canyon from the southeast via SR 123/US 12 and on to the west side of the park.

Snowfall was much greater than last year in the area; workers faced snow 25-30 feet deep in some places. A 500-square-foot roadway washout two miles east of the Chinook Pass summit complicated matters. "Everyone had to pull together this year," said Casey McGill, WSDOT regional maintenance chief. "We know how important getting the pass open by Memorial Day is to the public, and it's a matter of pride for us. Maintenance, construction, and contractor crews had to coordinate their work and cooperate with one another to make it happen this year." McGill added that crews feel a sense of reward when the pass is opened. "Our folks love the feeling of watching that first group of vehicles cross the pass, smiling and waving. It makes all the hard work and long hours worth it."



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May 25th, 2006, 9:51 pm #10

Updated May 25, 2006

WSDOT opened Chinook Pass at noon on Thursday, May 25.
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