Chuckanut Drive open again after another rockslide cleared

Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

Chuckanut Drive reopened late Thursday morning, after a rock slide forced an overnight closure of the highway in both directions.

The road was reopened by 11:30 a.m. Thursday, according to a release from the Washington State Department of Transportation. It was the third time since September that the highway, also known as State Route 11, was closed due to a slide.

Transportation officials closed the scenic drive between Whatcom and Skagit counties between milepost 12.4 — just north of Taylor Shellfish Farms — and milepost 13.8 — just south of Larrabee State Park — on Wednesday night.

WSDOT North Traffic first reported the slide via Twitter at 5:51 p.m. Wednesday.

Crews and equipment were not able to fully assess and clear the slide until daylight Thursday, according to the release.

David Rasbach joined The Bellingham Herald in 2005 and now covers breaking news. He has been an editor and writer in several western states since 1994.