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120 to Yosemite reopens

Closed 18 days due to massive Rim Fire fight

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120 to Yosemite reopens

Caltrans crews replace guard rail posts along Highway 120 near Yosemite National Park.

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POSTED September 7, 2013 1:43 a.m.

Caltrans has reopened Highway 120 from Groveland into Yosemite National Park.

 Crews reopened the section at noon on Friday.  The state route has been closed   18 days since Monday, Aug. 19 due to the Rim Fire.

 Since the fire, Caltrans crews have been working 12 to 14 hour shifts removing fire damaged trees, repairing guardrail posts and replacing numerous signs.  Caltrans has replaced nearly 1,000 burned out guardrail posts, and removed over 1,800 trees (that were in imminent danger of falling on or near the road), 47 signs, over 250 reflectors/guide markers and other essential highway markings.  Caltrans crews are still working on Highway 120 so slow for the cone zone and move over for emergency and Caltrans vehicles with flashing lights.

 Motorists have full access to Yosemite Valley via Highway 120. However, due to continued fire activity in the area stopping along the roadway is strictly prohibited.  The public is advised to use extreme caution as firefighting activities continue in this area.

 The Big Oak Flat Road in Yosemite National Park is also open.  However, Cherry Lake Road, Evergreen Road, Old Yosemite Road, Harden Flat and all other secondary roads and trailheads off of Highway -120 remain closed.

 

Highway 120 (Tioga Road) remains closed from Crane Flat to White Wolf within Yosemite National Park.  Park visitors can access the Tuolumne Meadows area from Highway 395 via the parks east entrance at Tioga Pass.

PG&E crews are also working in the area replacing more than 1,400 destroyed power poles.

 

Forest closures remain in effect for the Stanislaus National Forest within the Rim Fire incident perimeter.  For closure information visit www.fs.usda.gov/stanislaus.

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