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 Post subject: Seasonal mountain pass opening status & campgrounds
PostPosted: Thu Apr 13, 2017 10:00 pm 
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4/13/17 Update on seasonal mountain pass opening status:
http://ca-mammothlakes.civicplus.com/list.aspx?MID=1472

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The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) District 9 has begun working on clearing snow, removing rocks, and repairing roads to its eight mountain passes. As work progresses, pedestrians, bicyclists, skiers, etc. are advised to stay out of these areas. Safety is our number one priority, for the public as well as Caltrans’ workers. This is the District 9 Seasonal Pass Status as of Wednesday, April 12, 2017:

SR 89 – Monitor Pass
Snow removal has begun from US Highway 395 to the Alpine County line. There is approximately 5 feet of snowpack at the Mono/Alpine County line. Road repair is required before reopening. There is no estimated date for reopening the highway at this time.
SR 108 – Sonora Pass
Snow removal equipment is in place and starting to work on the lower sections of the highway. The snowpack is estimated to be 5 to 12 feet on the highway. There is no estimated date for reopening the highway at this time.
SR 270 – Bodie Road
All snow has been removed but the highway remains closed at the request of Bodie State Park personnel.
SR 120 West – Tioga Pass (from the Junction of US 395 to the Yosemite National Park Gate)
Snow removal equipment is in place and starting to work on the lower sections of the highway. The snowpack is estimated to be between 8 to 15 feet on the highway, with up to 50 foot snowdrifts in some locations. There is no estimated date for reopening the highway at this time.
SR 120 East – Mono Mills
All snow has been removed and minor road repair is complete. Seasonal opening is scheduled for 2:00 pm Friday, April 14, 2017. If the area is impacted by inclement weather Caltrans may have to re-close the highway.
SR 158 – June Lake Loop
All snow has been removed and minor road repair is complete. Seasonal opening is scheduled for noon Friday, April 14, 2017. If the area is impacted by inclement weather Caltrans may have to re-close the highway.
SR 203 - From the Mammoth Mountain Parking Lot to Minaret Vista
This section of highway is under permit of Mammoth Mountain Ski area for the winter ski season. There is no estimated date for reopening the highway at this time.
SR 168 West – Above Aspendell
Snow removal has begun and there is approximately 2 to 5 feet of snowpack at the end of the highway. The estimated date for reopening is April 21, weather permitting.
Crestview Roadside Rest Area
Reopened on Wednesday, April 5th for the summer season.
State Route 182 Closed due to Rockslide - UPDATE
The California Department of Transportation would like to notify travelers that State Route 182 in Mono County near Bridgeport remains closed due to a rockslide across the highway. Work is continuing on clearing the roadway. The estimated date for reopening the highway is April 21st. The traveling public is advised to use U.S. Highway 395 as an alternate route.
All information is subject to change and is weather dependent.
For the latest highway information please visit the Caltrans QuickMap site at quickmap.dot.ca.gov or call the Road Condition Hotline at 1-800-427-ROAD (7623).

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 Post subject: Re: Seasonal mountain pass opening status
PostPosted: Thu Apr 13, 2017 11:57 pm 
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with up to 50 foot snowdrifts in some locations.

Wow!

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 Post subject: Re: Seasonal mountain pass opening status
PostPosted: Mon Apr 17, 2017 9:00 am 
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snowhottie wrote:
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with up to 50 foot snowdrifts in some locations.

Wow!


That's a road cut I'd like to see.


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 Post subject: Re: Seasonal mountain pass opening status
PostPosted: Wed Apr 19, 2017 6:27 pm 
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Tioga Pass today from Mono County Tourism's FB page:

https://www.facebook.com/VisitEasternSi ... =3&theater

A few more pictures of the snow removal going on at Tioga Pass today from our Public Works Director Jeff Walters.

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https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/wroads.htm

YNP video from June 2, 2005. Old, but always good to watch again so folks understand what goes in to plowing this pass.
https://www.nps.gov/media/video/view.ht ... 85218403F4

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 Post subject: Re: Seasonal mountain pass opening status
PostPosted: Sat Apr 22, 2017 9:14 pm 
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In today's Sheet News:

Media and Public Official get a look at the snowy road to Yosemite

No Passing Lane on Tioga

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 Post subject: Re: Seasonal mountain pass opening status
PostPosted: Sat Apr 22, 2017 10:59 pm 
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Did this snow drift fish just get bigger?

According to
Weier, one of the most dangerous
parts of the process is
when crews first cut into the
large snowdrifts that cover
the road. “In some places, we
are seeing drifts that are 50 to
75 feet high,” said Weier. “In
areas like the green bridge,
we expect to see drifts as big
as 150 feet.” When crews cut
into a bank of that size, they
risk undercutting the slope
and triggering an avalanche.
The 1995 accident involved a
loader-triggered avalanche.

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 Post subject: Re: Seasonal mountain pass opening status
PostPosted: Sun Apr 23, 2017 10:03 am 
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^ The previous were guesstimates, but now crews are up there in person with the heavy machinery and they are able to assess things further.

The horrifying accident in 1995 was when a loader with driver went over a cliff while trying to cut through a huge snow drift. It was Ferdinand's (http://protectnps.org/news/nps-centenni ... 1917-1993/ ) son who plunged to his death in that accident. The accident was preventable, but the Mammoth Lakes Chamber of Commerce and surrounding eastside businesses were pushing to get the pass open as soon as possible (for obvious reasons) when it occurred.

Here's hoping nothing like that every happens again. :(

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 Post subject: Re: Seasonal mountain pass opening status
PostPosted: Tue Apr 25, 2017 6:56 am 
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snowhottie wrote:
Did this snow drift fish just get bigger?

“In some places, we
are seeing drifts that are 50 to
75 feet high,” said Weier. “In
areas like the green bridge,
we expect to see drifts as big
as 150 feet.” [/i]



150 feet ???

Did a glacier advance across the highway this past winter? It does sound like a fish story. I suppose if it's the terminal end of an avalanche chute that just kept sliding all winter but 150 feet seems a bit excessive. And if it's that deep in spots, why bother even opening the highway this summer. Give the area a year off, it would probably do the area wonders. I know, I know, business owners are cursing me right now.


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 Post subject: Re: Seasonal mountain pass opening status
PostPosted: Tue Apr 25, 2017 7:02 am 
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Sierra Lady wrote:
^ The previous were guesstimates, but now crews are up there in person with the heavy machinery and they are able to assess things further.

The horrifying accident in 1995 was when a loader with driver went over a cliff while trying to cut through a huge snow drift. It was Ferdinand's (http://protectnps.org/news/nps-centenni ... 1917-1993/ ) son who plunged to his death in that accident. The accident was preventable, but the Mammoth Lakes Chamber of Commerce and surrounding eastside businesses were pushing to get the pass open as soon as possible (for obvious reasons) when it occurred.

Here's hoping nothing like that every happens again. :(



Thanks for the story. What a bizarre, tragic and sad story.


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 Post subject: Re: Seasonal mountain pass opening status
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playfulcoyote wrote:
150 feet ???

Did a glacier advance across the highway this past winter? It does sound like a fish story. I suppose if it's the terminal end of an avalanche chute that just kept sliding all winter but 150 feet seems a bit excessive.

From the photos I think they are counting the slope the slides are resting on, which isnt really 150 ft depth. Its a lot of snow still.

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 Post subject: Re: Seasonal mountain pass opening status
PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 6:08 am 
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snowhottie wrote:
When crews cut
into a bank of that size, they
risk undercutting the slope
and triggering an avalanche.
[/i]


I was looking at the pics posted above this quote before reading it, and thinking to myself that seems like an incredibly sketchy job.


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 Post subject: Re: Seasonal mountain pass opening status
PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 10:30 am 
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Update on the Inyo County Sheriff's Office FB page (also includes info on Inyo County roads):

https://www.facebook.com/InyoCountySher ... f=NEWSFEED

Updated Conditions for Inyo County Mountain Roads

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The Inyo County Road Dept team has been working extremely hard to clear mountain roads before fishing opener. Due to historic snowpack in the Sierra, this year has proven to be quite challenging. However, as of this week there are some new open roads!

Upper Rock Creek, above Tom’s Place – CLOSED- Mono County Road was going to begin snow removal operations the week of April 17th, however, due to challenging snow conditions this has not been possible. Inyo will not be able to access and estimate the snow removal timeline for the last mile of Rock Creek Rd. in Inyo County until the week of May 15th.
Pine Creek Rd. – OPEN- No restrictions
Sabrina Rd., - OPEN - We have cleared and will maintain two lane access to the lake parking lot, parking is limited at Sabrina Lake. The road will still be ICY at times – so drive cautiously.
North Lake Rd. – CLOSED- Due to the narrow and hazardous sections of road, there are no immediate plans to open North Lake Rd., conditions will be monitored and reassessed May 8th.
South Lake Rd. – CLOSURE MOVING- Effective Friday (4/28) at 4:30pm, the closure will move to Parchers Resort and Pack Station. There will be limited parking available there, and ICY conditions. Walking access will be from there to South Lake.
Glacier Lodge Rd. -OPEN- No restrictions
Onion Valley Rd. – OPEN, Effective Friday (4/28) at 4:30pm. expect ICY conditions at times.
Whitney Portal Rd. – OPEN, Effective Friday (4/28) at 4:30pm.
Horseshoe Meadows Rd. – CLOSED- Due to road structural damage and rockslides; Inyo County is in the process of emergency opening repairs, we are anticipating limited access mid-June, depending on conditions.
Nine Mile Rd. – OPEN – No restrictions.

Please anticipate limited parking at higher elevations due to snow, so plan ahead. And remember that road conditions can change based on the weather so stay up to date.

You may see road workers, please be courteous!

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 Post subject: Re: Seasonal mountain pass opening status
PostPosted: Thu Apr 27, 2017 11:21 pm 
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Is the road to the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest open and when will the visitor center open? The road is open to the Sierra View Gate. From there, people can walk, ski, or snowshoe in—the forest isn’t closed, but the road is under substantial snow. There is no estimated opening date for now. Thanks to Dave Hardin who shares these photos from April 23. If you so choose to walk in, please keep an eye on the weather. The grove is at 10,000 feet in elevation and planning is required for safety. This is not a place to get caught in a late season storm.

See the photos on the INF FB page:

https://www.facebook.com/inyonf/?hc_ref=PAGES_TIMELINE

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 Post subject: Re: Seasonal mountain pass opening status
PostPosted: Fri Apr 28, 2017 11:19 am 
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Update on Mono County mountain passes (89, 108, 270, 120 no estimated opening dates for any of these) via Caltrans District 9 FB page. Sorry I can't copy and paste since they only posted a copy of their press release on their site.

https://www.facebook.com/17860306222047 ... =3&theater

Edited to add:

Off the YNP FB page with photos:

https://www.facebook.com/YosemiteNPS/

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Plowing update!
Tioga Road: Crews have reached Siesta Lake, approximately 14 miles from Crane Flat, and are working through eight to 10 feet of snow.
Glacier Point Road: Crews are continuing to plow the pedestrian areas at Glacier Point, remove hazard trees alongside the road, plow turnouts and side roads, and perform road repairs.
We don't have estimates for when either of these roads will open.

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 Post subject: Re: Seasonal mountain pass opening status
PostPosted: Mon May 01, 2017 10:58 am 
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Thanks for posting these updates, SL!


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