Crews halt Highway 20 work

Clearing reached milepost 172 before the work stoppage.

By Pete O’Cain / The Wenatchee World

MAZAMA — Work to reopen Highway 20 has been stopped indefinitely.

Most highway maintenance work was suspended Thursday by the state Department of Transportation amid COVID-19 concerns, the department said in a news release.

Clearing began Monday at Early Winters Campground — milepost 177 — and crews reached milepost 172 before the work stoppage.

The 47-mile highway, often referred to as the North Cascades Highway, is closed every winter due to the risk of avalanche.

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