The Mountain Loop Freeway will close on Wednesday

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The Granite Falls Bridge on the Mountain Loop Highway. (Snohomish County)

The popular route east of Granite Falls and south of Darrington is blocked each year due to winter weather.

GRANITE FALLS – Effective Wednesday, the Mountain Loop Road will be closed between Deer Creek Gate and Bedal Gate during the winter.

County officials announced the planned closure on Monday, pointing to changeable weather predicting snow in the North Cascades.

“Snohomish County Public Works has worked with the U.S. Forest Service, the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office and many surrounding towns to ensure this is the right time to close the freeway,” said said Kelly Snyder, director of public works for Snohomish County. “This closure, ahead of forecast storms and potential snow and ice events in the coming weeks, is both prudent and practical. Our number one priority is to protect everyone. »

The 14-mile gravel section is closed each year when snow interferes with road conditions. It is reopened every spring. Public Works coordinates with the US Forest Service to perform any necessary maintenance on the road.

The Mountain Loop leads to the trailheads of some of Snohomish County’s most popular hikes.

Visit the Snohomish County Road Closures Webpage for an up-to-date list in the county.

Ellen Dennis: 425-339-3486; [email protected]; Twitter: @reporterellen.


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