Here's the 'beta':
Paving work extends about one and one-half miles to either side of the Nooksack Falls turnoff, and is getting closer to being done (other than line painting etc), but still the flag dudes are out till six o'clock every day. If one has the moxy to slowly worm one's way to the very front of the line while they're stopped, then when the plug is opened ... one has a clear road ahead.
There are some sections being re-done on the road that climbs the actual mntn istelf, as that road - although repaved a few years ago, is suffering freezing splittage along the center divide where the two lanes were 'joined' while being paved. They are 'cutting' a two foot swath from the center, and re-paving that stripe only along that part of the ride. Where the actual work is being done (about a half mile or so), there is some bits of loose gravel and such, but not too bad.
The rest of the climb/descent is brilliant, including the best part to Artist's Point.
Not sure how effective the patch-work will be for sportriders ... but as long as they get the top surfaces closely matched, I spose it can't be worse than it already is with that longitudinal frost crack running up the center.
Some of the curves along the very upper, Artist's Point section have also seen some plow or bulldozer damage, and one needs to score a line between the gouges or traction is compromised (if riding at a 'pace'), and it's only bad in a couple of the tighter corners.
It's not too bad, for all intents and purposes ... just keep it down to the posted speed limits (cough cough) and you'll be Jim-dandy fine!