Friday, January 9, 2009

Eastbound I90 @ Snoqualmie Now Open


The eastbound lanes of I-90 Snoqualmie Pass are now open to all traffic. Westbound lanes will open by noon. Here are some crazy pictures from the pass that show why you couldn't use it prior to this morning.

The Washington State Department Of Transportation is also working to open I-5 from 11miles south of Chehalis to about 20 miles south of Olympia.

In the meantime, the closure has caused thousands of truckers to cool their heels on either side of the pass, causing area shortages on things like snow tires, snow chains, snow shovels and de-icer as well as a few types of groceries.Here's the story from the Spokesman-Review.

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