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Upper Spirit Lake Memorial Highway closes for the winter on Oct. 28

Friday, October 26, 2018 - 09:33

Celeste Dimichina, WSDOT communications, 360-905-2057

TOUTLE – Travelers who enjoy the scenic views of Mount St. Helens from higher elevations along State Route 504, better known as Spirit Lake Memorial Highway, will have to wait until next spring.

On Sunday, Oct. 28, at 5 p.m., Washington State Department of Transportation maintenance crews will close the upper reaches of the highway at Coldwater Lake.

Each fall, WSDOT coordinates the annual closure with the U.S. Forest Service in anticipation of hazardous winter weather.  

“The annual closure allows maintenance crews to accomplish two goals,” said WSDOT Maintenance Supervisor Aaron Yanez. “First, this stretch of highway gets a lot of rain, ice and snow that may not be safe for travelers. Second, our crews are able to do work such as clearing downed trees and removing debris from ditches and culverts, in hopes of minimizing springtime repairs and closures.”

While WSDOT will keep the scenic byway from the Hummocks Trailhead to the Johnston Ridge Observatory closed until spring, Coldwater Lake will be accessible as weather conditions allow.

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