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Troopers clear rockslide at Deception Pass

A trooper watches as a state Department of Transportation plow pushes a small rockslide off Highway 20 at Deception Pass Thursday afternoon. - Jessie Stensland / Whidbey News-Times
A trooper watches as a state Department of Transportation plow pushes a small rockslide off Highway 20 at Deception Pass Thursday afternoon.
— image credit: Jessie Stensland / Whidbey News-Times

Troopers with the Washington State Patrol quickly cleared a small rockslide off of Highway 20 at Deception Pass Thursday afternoon.

Lt. Jason Longoria said troopers closed the northbound lane of Highway 20, on the Fidalgo Island side of Deception Pass bridge, for about 15 minutes. They managed to push the rocks off the road while they were waiting for a plow from the state Department of Transportation to arrive.

The largest of the rocks, Longoria said, was the size of a "Lazy Boy," but troopers were able to kick it apart into smaller pieces that they rolled off the highway.

A DOT truck eventually arrived and pushed the rocks over further onto the shoulder.

Longoria said he wasn't surprised that the rocks peeled off the sheer wall, given the recent freezing-then-thawing weather. Fortunately, nobody was injured.

"If it would have come down when a car was going by, it would have been a bad situation," he said.

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