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Get set for daytime closure on highway to Artist Point next week

Mount Baker has two anniversaries in August

Mount Baker, Whatcom County’s most famous landmark, celebrates two important anniversaries in August. On Aug. 11, 1911, Joe Galbraith won the first Mount Baker Marathon. Forty-three years earlier, on Aug. 17, 1868, a party led by Edmund Coleman ma
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Mount Baker, Whatcom County’s most famous landmark, celebrates two important anniversaries in August. On Aug. 11, 1911, Joe Galbraith won the first Mount Baker Marathon. Forty-three years earlier, on Aug. 17, 1868, a party led by Edmund Coleman ma

You’re not going to be able to get to Artist Point for four days starting Monday, Aug. 29.

Crews will close Mount Baker Highway near the Silver Fir Campground to repave parts of a six-mile stretch of worn road, the Washington state Department of Transportation said Tuesday, Aug. 23.

The highway ends at Artist Point.

The closure will be at Anderson Creek Road, although emergency vehicles will be guided through.

It will occur 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the start of next week through Thursday, Sept. 1.

“Our timing is limited by when the equipment is available, so this is our one opportunity to repave this area of Mount Baker Highway this year,” DOT Maintenance Superintendent Tony Hernandez said in a news release.

“We’re going to get in and do the work as quickly and safely as possible to get the road back open before Labor Day weekend,” Hernandez said.

Stay updated on the project by going online, wsdot.wa.gov/Northwest/Baker/Construction.

More than 5,000 feet above sea level, Artist Point is a popular viewpoint with 360-degree views that include Mount Shuksan and Mount Baker. It’s also the jumping-off point for stunning hikes.

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