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Chuckanut Drive closed for second time in a week after slide near Blanchard Road

WSDOT announced Wednesday that Chuckanut Drive has been closed in both directions because of a rock slide that is blocking all lanes at milepost 12 near Blanchard Road.
WSDOT announced Wednesday that Chuckanut Drive has been closed in both directions because of a rock slide that is blocking all lanes at milepost 12 near Blanchard Road. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

We’re not even into the rainy season, yet, but for the second time in a week, Chuckanut Drive has been covered by a slide.

Following last week’s mudslide, the Washington State Department of Transportation announced Wednesday afternoon that State Route 11 — the scenic drive between Whatcom and Skagit counties — has been closed in both directions because of a rock slide that is blocking both lanes at milepost 12 near Blanchard Road.

A press release announced the road will remained closed until at least Thursday because of the risk of unstable rocks on the hillside above preventing clean up crews from beginning work to clear the roadway. The road is closed at Pacific Rim Drive coming from Bellingham and Chuckanut Ridge Drive coming from the south.

Geotechnical crews and equipment will go to the area Thursday, the release said, to determine a process to safely reopen the road. There is no ETA on when the road will be cleared.

Washington State Patrol called in the slide, said WSDOT spokesperson Andrea Petrich, who added that WSDOT would tweet updates at @wsdot_north as they became available.

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Officially called State Highway 11, Chuckanut Drive is one of the most beautiful roads in the Pacific Northwest. Though only 21 miles long, the scenic highway connects Bellingham to the fertile farmlands of the Skagit Valley.

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