US 2 closed from Stevens Pass to Leavenworth until conditions improve

US 2 closed from Stevens Pass to Leavenworth until conditions improve

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US 2 closed from Stevens Pass to Leavenworth until conditions improve

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by KING 5 News

KREM.com

Posted on December 23, 2012 at 4:26 PM

The Washington State Department of Transportation has closed US 2 west of Leavenworth due to concerns over trees that have been falling in the roadway.

The DOT says they haven't seen such poor conditions in 30 years.

“This series of storms has been remarkable,” said Dan Sarles, WSDOT regional administrator for the North Central Region. “The snow is unusually heavy and wet, snapping and uprooting trees at a rate we haven’t seen in decades.”

A tree fell onto a vehicle near Rayrock Springs, 15 miles east of Stevens Pass Friday, closing the road for 2-1/2 hours. Saturday, a mile further west, a vehicle hit a tree on the highway, closing the highway at 6:25 p.m. and it has not reopened.

It's not clear when the road will re-open.

Skiers can still get to the pass from the west side. Drivers cannot get to the pass from the east side. The pass is not open to through traffic for east or westbound drivers.

Mount Baker Highway was closed twice in the last several days due to multiple downed trees. The road reopened Sunday after an 11-hour closure.

Check the latest traffic conditions anytime with the Seattle Traffic App and weather with the Seattle Weather App.

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