Mountain Loop Highway to close for the winter on Monday

Each year, a 14-mile gravel stretch of the loop closes due to snow and reopens in the spring.

DARRINGTON — With snow falling at higher elevations, Snohomish County will close the Mountain Loop Highway on Monday at noon.

The closure extends from the Deer Creek Gate in the west to the Bedel Gate in the east for traffic in both directions.

“Snohomish County Public Works has consulted with the U.S. Forest Service, the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, and many of the surrounding towns to make sure this is the right time to close the highway,” Snohomish County Public Works Director Kelly Snyder said in a news release. “We don’t want to wait any longer as we are already seeing some trees come down and the snow is starting to pile up.”

Each year, a 14-mile gravel stretch of the loop closes and reopens in the spring.

In the summer, the loop sees more than 100 cars headed for the mountains each weekday and up to 200 cars on weekend days.

Julia-Grace Sanders: 425-339-3439; jgsanders@heraldnet.com; Twitter: @sanders_julia.

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