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2017 Road Reports

Postby AlmostThere » Tue Jun 06, 2017 8:13 am

There's been so much damage on roads that it might help to have a thread for that.
Also, snowpack!

PGE shared this photo with Sierra National Forest -- the road right before the dam at Courtright.
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Re: 2017 Road Reports

Postby ERIC » Tue Jun 06, 2017 12:00 pm

Actually, there's an entire forum dedicated to the topic viewforum.php?f=16
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Re: 2017 Road Reports

Postby AlmostThere » Tue Jun 06, 2017 6:12 pm

You may consider me a case in point for not posting on the internet after general anesthetic. I even posted in that subforum.
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Re: 2017 Road Reports

Postby ERIC » Tue Jun 06, 2017 6:34 pm

Ha! No worries! It's still a good suggestion. Mind if I move this thread and pin it to the Transportation subforum as we do trail intel in the Conditions Reports area?
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Re: 2017 Road Reports

Postby AlmostThere » Tue Jun 06, 2017 6:52 pm

Go for it!
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Re: 2017 Road Reports

Postby AlmostThere » Mon Jun 12, 2017 3:57 pm

Highway 140 has a huge landslide closing access to the park from that direction. Fortunately, the line at the gate was not so long that someone was injured in it. Happened around noon 6/12.
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Re: 2017 Road Reports

Postby maverick » Mon Jun 12, 2017 4:59 pm

Yosemite NP:

Never a dull moment! The El Portal Road (continuation of Hwy 140) is closed from the Big Oak Flat Road intersection to the park boundary for at least 24 hours due to a rockfall. The rockfall caused damage to the road, associated guard rail, and related infrastructure. As the area is too unsafe to fully access, we'll share more information as we have it. Call 209/372-0200 (press 1, then 1) for current information.
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Re: 2017 Road Reports

Postby rlown » Mon Jun 12, 2017 5:04 pm

There is dynamite in their future, for the bigguns..



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Re: 2017 Road Reports

Postby maverick » Tue Jun 13, 2017 5:36 pm

Yosemite NP:


El Portal Road in Yosemite National Park Remains Closed

Highway 140 closed at Parkline at least through the weekend

The El Portal Road and Arch Rock Entrance into Yosemite National Park remain closed due to a rockslide that occurred yesterday around Noon. Yosemite National Park staff are assessing the area and the road will remain closed at least through the weekend of June 17-18, 2017. After the assessment is complete, crews will begin to remove rock debris and repair the road to make it safe for visitors to travel on. There is no estimate for when the road will reopen.

Around Noon yesterday, a large rockslide occurred from the "Parkline Slab" cliff, about 1 mile east of the park boundary on Highway 140.The rockslide originated from a point mid-way up the cliff, approximately 400 feet above the base of the cliff and 600 feet above the El Portal Road.

Roughly 4,000 tons of rock detached from the cliff along a cliff-parallel exfoliation joint; the approximate dimensions of the slab are 50 x 80 x 15 feet. This massive slab of rock slid down the cliff, hit a ledge, and broke into many pieces; these pieces fragmented further on hitting the base of the cliff, fanning out over an area more than 1,000 feet wide. The bulk of the debris slid and rolled down the slope at the base of the cliff, piling up on the El Portal Road, and continuing down to (and into) the Merced River.

Of the total volume of material that fell, roughly 1/3 of that landed on the El Portal Road, covering an area of road about 150 feet long under up to 15-20 feet of rock debris. The largest boulder on the road is about 130 tons, and there are several other boulders that are only somewhat smaller. Boulders and smaller "flyrock" fragments covered a section of road nearly 1,000 feet long. The road sustained damage, both to the paved surface and the retaining wall.

Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System (YARTS) buses will run on a modified schedule. To see the schedule, please visit www.yarts.com

A news release will be issued with updates as repairs progress on the El Portal Road
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Re: 2017 Road Reports

Postby fishmonger » Sun Jun 18, 2017 12:25 pm

Caltrans crews began clearning snow on California 203 from the Mammoth Mountain Ski Area to Minaret Vista on June 13. Caltrnas reports the snowpack is still 8 feet to 15 feet.


seen at http://www.kolotv.com/content/news/Snow ... 50093.html
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