The Washington Transportation Department says Chinook Pass opened as scheduled at noon Friday, clearing the National Scenic Byway for drivers on the east side of Mount Rainier.

The Washington Transportation Department says Chinook Pass opened as scheduled at noon Friday, clearing the National Scenic Byway for drivers on the east side of Mount Rainier.

The 5,430 foot pass on Highway 410 was closed for the winter season Nov. 8 because of the avalanche risk.

Crews began work April 12 removing snow more than 10 feet deep. On Tuesday, crews from the east and west sides met at the summit.