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May 14, 2008, Tioga Road will be opened to Administrative traffic

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avatar May 14, 2008, Tioga Road will be opened to Administrative traffic
May 12, 2008 12:51PM
Tioga Road: Beginning Wedneday, May 14, 2008, Tioga Road will be opened to Administrative traffic, but only for those authorized employees with current avalanche training certification and fully equipped per "Tioga Pass Road Opening and Closing Plan." Four avalanche zones remain and are signed accordingly. These employees should be personnel who are essential for the preparation of infrastructure such as Buildings and Grounds and Utilities.

All avalanche trained personnel entering the Tioga Road, where gated, will contact the designated Access Coordinator. Ed Appling will be the coordinator Monday thru Wednesday. Ed's radio call number is #360 or his designee. Bob Brantley will be the coordinator Thursday thru Saturday. His radio call number is #261 or his designee. For Sunday, the access coordinator will be designated by the Mather District Ranger. Park dispatch will be informed of who is the designated Access Coordinator each day.

All personnel entering a specified Avalanche Zone will contact another vehicle in their convoy (partner vehicle) prior to and when exiting controlled avalanche zones. All personnel entering the Tioga Road will adhere to the daily schedule for exiting through the Avalanche Zones as established by the Avalanche Team and implemented by the designated Access Coordinator. This means personnel must exit the Tioga Road each day at the time established by the coordinator. No exceptions. All persons granted administrative access must be prepared for the possibility of remaining in place overnight and have sufficient clothing, food and other equipment in the event changing conditions prohibit return travel through the avalanche zones.

All authorized personnel need to be aware of ongoing snow removal operations, tree removal operations, sign maintenance operations and other administrative functions. Please drive with utmost caution.

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