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Re: Mono Supervisors: open Tioga Pass?

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avatar Mono Supervisors: open Tioga Pass?
February 04, 2014 11:19AM
One possibly good point about the severe lack of snow this year, Caltrans could open Highway 120, Tioga Pass much earlier than usual, maybe even right now. The Mono County Local Transportation Commission wrote a letter to Caltrans and Yosemite National Park with that request. The Mono Supervisors planned to talk about that at their meeting today.

http://www.sierrawave.net/28497/open-tioga-pass/
Re: Mono Supervisors: open Tioga Pass?
February 04, 2014 01:49PM
Why not? If there is no snow on the road, open it.
avatar Re: Mono Supervisors: open Tioga Pass?
February 04, 2014 02:15PM
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hotrod4x5
Why not? If there is no snow on the road, open it.

Avalanche risk?
avatar Re: Mono Supervisors: open Tioga Pass?
February 04, 2014 09:09PM
Is there enough snow to even have an avalanche?
Re: Mono Supervisors: open Tioga Pass?
February 04, 2014 09:58PM
In December, the T. Meadow ranger report said that there was 5 feet of snow on Tioga Rd between the east gate and T. Meadows. There is probably more now. I don't think that there is enough for a avalanche but they don't want to spend the money to plow the road. And, now more snow is coming.
avatar Re: Mono Supervisors: open Tioga Pass?
February 05, 2014 08:07AM
Isn't the major avalanche danger at Olmstead? At 1700 feet lower, and facing the sun, the danger at Olmstead can't be that much. I think it's just the cost of plowing and the cost of the patrols. The road would probably be closed at night with no overnight parking. That takes additional manpower that might not be available physically, or budget, wise.
avatar Re: Mono Supervisors: open Tioga Pass?
February 04, 2014 10:35PM
Less expensive to plow the road as it snows, or wait until spring and remove tons all at once with heavier equipment?
Re: Mono Supervisors: open Tioga Pass?
February 05, 2014 10:42AM
I think it would be more expensive to keep plowing after each storm because it would mean more man hours than doing it that one period of time. And, like Dave said, there is probably not the staff to do it at this time. Also, if the road was opened they would have to have staff to patrol the road and how cost effective would that be for the small amount of people that would be using the road at this time, especially during the week.
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