Tour De Forts June 7th

forttofortOn June 7th The ReCyclery is bring back the fort bike ride to promote and raise money for their vision. Through our education programs and bicycle recycling services, we inform the public about the social, environmental and health benefits of cycling. We strive to increase bicycle ridership in Jefferson County by empowering and motivating people to live active and healthy lifestyles. Our Vision is to see a world empowered, fufilled and engaged in communities that foster the health of people and our planet through bicycling.
Tour de Forts – Takes you through the History of Jefferson Country, the feel for the bike friendly town while enjoying the lifestyle of the community at the farmers market. We would love to share this old into new event. Please contact Sharon Senner (360-385-3036) for more information.

SR 20 North Cascades Highway to reopen April 3

Only one more day to ride without cars!!

SR 20 North Cascades Highway to reopen April 3
Crews expect to open the highway in time for Easter travelers

In one of the fastest reopening efforts in the North Cascades Highway’s 42-year history, Washington State Department of Transportation crews expect to swing open the winter closure gates to traffic at 10 a.m. Friday, April 3.

Crews began the clearing process on State Route 20, the North Cascades Highway, just three weeks ago on March 16. Last year it took crews nearly six weeks to clear the highway, opening it May 8. In 2013, with a lighter snow pack, it opened April 16. There was only one year, 1977, when the highway never closed due to a drought. The earliest opening was March 10, 2005, but two weeks later snow closed the highway for another 10 days, reopening again on April 4.

“We all live up here and know it’s important for local businesses to have the highway open for Easter, the lowland fishing season and ’49er Days Festival in Winthrop,” said Don Becker, WSDOT Maintenance Supervisor.

The mid-morning reopening allows the crew time to sweep the entire 37-mile winter closure zone for sand, rocks and debris, clear any snow from below avalanche chutes, and apply sand or deicer as needed.

During the past few days, crews saw a foot of snow fall at some locations and they performed avalanche control to clear the chutes so the highway can be safely opened.

For more information, including a history of opening and closing dates, maps, photos and progress reports on the 2015 opening, visit the North Cascades web page: