Do you enjoy taking the Mountain Loop Highway? Last week, Snohomish County Public Works and the U.S. Forest Service reopened the final 12-mile unpaved section of the highway from Barlow Pass to the Bedal Campground.

Since the winter season, crews from both agencies worked to clear downed trees, filled potholes, and smoothed this gravel portion of the highway. “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,” said Snohomish County Public Works Director Kelly Snyder. “We know there will be many residents happy to escape to this beautiful and very popular outdoor destination.”

Historically, the Mountain Loop Highway remains closed from December until the end of spring, and that was the case again since last December. When open, an average of more than 100 cars use this scenic highway daily, and during weekends, the traffic volume doubles to more than 200 cars.

North Sound Meteorologist Ted Buehner worked more than 40 years for the National Weather Service (NWS) from 1977 to 2018. He is now an Everett Post Media team member. Together with Everett Post Weather Minute Podcasts, he provides morning and afternoon commute traffic and weather updates on both KRKO and KXA Radio, and sports reporting on KRKO.