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North Cascades Highway open
Ahead of schedule, State Route 20 is now back open for travelers through the Rockport area.

Crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation spent the last month reinforcing the hillside above the highway, drilling into the hillside and inserting long metal rods to reduce the chance of future rock fall.

We had expected the highway to reopen this Friday, but crews wrapped up things early. With the hill stabilized, they removed all the large rocks, trees and debris from the highway, making it safe and passable once again.

The initial rockslide occurred the night of June 10, dumping about 150 cubic yards of debris onto both lanes of the highway. By morning, more rocks had fallen, and crews estimated there was about 1,000 cubic yards of debris - about 70 dump truck loads - covering both lanes of the highway.

During the closure, travelers have been detouring via SR 530 between Rockport and Marblemount.

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COVID-19 Cases in Skagit County

5,492 Confirmed Skagit Cases
373 Hospitalizations
79 Deaths
66,524 Fully Vaccinated
72,506 Initial Doses Given

Statewide

429,337 Confirmed Cases Statewide
26,498 Hospitalizations

6,089 Deaths Statewide
4,006,111 Fully Vaccinated
4,367,098 Initial Doses Given

Updated 10pm, July 26, 2021.

County Map: Confirmed COVID-19 cases by ZIP code in Skagit County. Updated weekly.

Sources: Skagit County Public Health, Washington State Department of Health, New York Times