Good news for tourists and adventures came when Pitkin officials announced the opening of Maroon Creek road to the public on May 24th. The original date for the road opening was 15 May, but the date was postponed due to the impact of avalanches and poor road conditions. Due to the state road crew’s anticipated work, road is once again open for summer tourists.
The crew has cleared the road up and down of the Independence Pass. Earlier, parking area service was managed by White River National Forest, but now the road is clear and there will be no parking issues. Pitkin county Road and Bridge department began to clear the road two days before the fixed date April 29 to meet with the scheduled opening of the road.
Maroon Bells area faces an average snowfall every year and takes two to three weeks to get cleared. But this winter, five avalanches impacted the area. The state road crew showed their anticipation and enthusiasm towards the work and cleared the snow before it becomes too late. Road to the Maroon bells lake is open now and Roaring Fork Transportation Authority has started transportation service to the lake from June 15.
Mattice is the key member of the crew, and he said, “Digging through the debris turned out to be much easier than we thought, no winter has been comparable to this in terms of debris and the number of slides. Old avalanche paths ran, and new ones were formed in steeper terrain.”
Washington State Population Has Reached Up to 7.5 Million
The new number released on June 28 by the Office of Financial Management shows, Washington state population has reached up to 7.5 million. The state has grown by 118,800 residents over the past year, which is the 1.6% increment in the populace. The growth in the population has come from the people who moved into the state. Last year population of the moved people accounted for 76 percent of the state’s population growth.
Since April 1, 2010, the state’s population has grown by 821,900 people, and 295,100 people were those who moved into the state during the time frame. Seattle is in top ten cities of the state in terms of population growth including, Bellevue, Tacoma, Spokane, Kennewick, Redmond, Vancouver, Kirkland, Pasco, and Bellingham. Seattle is located at a seaport on the West Coast of the US. It is the largest city in both the states of Washington and the Pacific Northwest region of North America. Seattle population till 2018 was 740,745, and it is estimated to be 755,745 people as of 2019.
According to the US census data released in 2018, Metropolitan area of Seattle holds 3.87 million people and is ranked 15th largest city in the US. Seattle is the fastest-growing city in terms of population in the US, and it had remained in the top five largest populated cities in May 2015. In 2016, the city was again in the fastest-growing major cities of the United States with a 3.1% annual growth. The reason for the state’s population growth is a major gateway for trade with Asia. As of 2015, Seattle is the fourth-largest container port in North America. Seattle population contains a large share of residents living alone. It is the fifth-highest populated city in terms of single-person households.
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