5/17 Red's Meadow Road Significant Damage

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5/17 Red's Meadow Road Significant Damage

Post by maverick » Thu May 17, 2018 10:51 am

Inyo NF:
Significant Damage to Reds Meadow Road

The Inyo National Forest, with assistance from the Town of Mammoth Lakes, has plowed and cleared the Reds Meadow Road beyond Minaret Vista. Engineering and the Acting District Ranger evaluated the road conditions.

The movement of some cracks in the upper 2.5 miles was noted, but overall that section of road is holding up well, especially the concrete block wall engineering installed last spring (after last year’s storm damage in this area).

However, in the valley, there are two sections of road that received considerable damage; south of Starkweather Lake and south of Sotcher Lake.

In both of these locations, the sub-grade material under the road as washed away and the road has buckled. It is likely that, during a heavy rain event, water saturated under the road and started washing out material. Subsequent freeze thaw and more rain intensified the problem causing the heaving that has created the buckled condition.

It is not safe to travel over these sections of road. The asphalt over the damaged road has hollowed areas below due to the loss of material.

Engineering crews have started excavating and repairing these areas. The road will be closed to all traffic, including bicycle traffic, while this work is underway. We request your cooperation so that this important work can be completed safely and as quickly as possible.

Additionally, Engineering is also working with the Federal Highways Administration (FHWA) Geotechnical Consultant who is performing drilling and mapping of the road. This is required work in anticipation with the Reds Meadow Road Reconstruction planned in the upcoming years.

Due the complexity of this work, the forest cannot estimate an opening date for the Reds Meadow Road at this time.

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Re: 5/17 Red's Meadow Road Significant Damage

Post by SSSdave » Mon May 21, 2018 9:07 am

Expect they are gating the road at the ski area versus Minaret Summit because the satellite still show much snow there? Thus add six miles of pavement hiking, west bound 300 feet up and 750 feet down. Reads like they also dismissed the option of just opening the road as far as the Agnew Meadows turn. Probably because it would overload their patience continually explaining what that meant to clueless smiling masses. On the other hand they could just open it up to backpackers with actual wilderness permits by say operating the shuttle bus down to AM on just a couple daily runs, at maybe 8am and then 5pm. Otherwise expect it will be closed at least through June. In any case I personally consider blinding white bright, wet mushy herb-less June a mediocre time to be visiting the Ritter Range so fine personally.

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