2012-04-26 / Front Page

Clearing continues on Tioga Road

 Due to a low snowpack this winter, spring plowing operations on Tioga Road (Highway 120 in Yosemite National Park) have progressed at an accelerated rate.

On Wednesday, April 25, crews were able to plow through to the Tioga Pass entrance station.  While this is good news, several days are still needed to complete snow removal operations, conduct road repairs, clear ditches, and complete hazard tree abatement prior to the road being opened to the public.

National Park Service (NPS) crews will continue to work in the road corridor for the next several days. Beginning Saturday, April 28, Tioga Road will open to the public for bicycle traffic from Crane Flat through Tioga Pass. 

Weather and road conditions may require unscheduled closures of the Tioga Road.  The road will tentatively open to administrative traffic on Wednesday, May 2 at 7 a.m. An official opening date of the Tioga Road for the public has not been announced.

Beginning April 28 through May 1 the following restrictions apply:

Employee access to Tioga Road is restricted to NPS Maintenance and NPS law enforcement personnel to perform their official duties. 

Tioga Road will be open to bicycling on Saturday, April 28 through Tioga Pass until the road is open to all vehicles. 

Drivers on the Tioga Road are urged to drive slowly and use caution. Additionally, drivers should be aware of ice and snow removal equipment along the roadway. The road is wet with patchy ice and snow-berms, which may affect driver line of sight.

The Tioga Road will open to administrative traffic, including NPS and DNC on May 2, to allow for spring opening of facilities.


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