From a June 24, 2021, Snohomish County Public Works press release.
Snohomish County Public Works, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, reopened a 12-mile unpaved section of Mountain Loop Highway from Barlow Pass to the Bedal Campground on Thursday, June 24th, at approximately 4:00 pm.
The highway between the Deer Creek and Barlow Pass gates on the west side of the pass opened on May 19th.
The unpaved section remained closed while county crews completed maintenance from winter weather. Mountain Loop Highway has been seasonally closed since December 2020.
“We are pleased to be opening this section in time for the high record-breaking lowland temperatures this weekend,” Snohomish County Public Works Director Kelly Snyder said.
She went on to say, “Despite dealing with some inclement weather at higher elevations, our crews worked hard to get the middle gravel section of the highway ready for public use. We know there will be many residents happy to escape to this beautiful and very popular outdoor destination this weekend.”
Snohomish County Road Maintenance crews performed significant drainage work in some sections of the road, filled potholes and cleared downed trees during the past month.
Historically, Mountain Loop Highway remains closed from December until the end of spring.
During the summer months, more than 100 cars on average use this route each day with up to 200 cars traveling each day on the weekend.