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Finally! BOFR To Open Next Week.
April 25, 2017 11:51AM
Yosemite National Park Announces Re-Opening of Big Oak Flat Road

https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/yosemite-national-park-announces-re-opening-of-big-oak-flat-road.htm



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 04/25/2017 11:52AM by troutwild.
avatar Re: Finally! BOFR To Open Next Week.
April 25, 2017 12:06PM
Wow! Great news!

According to the article it's only going to be one lane through the damaged area for now (so expect delays), but still that's a whole lot better than being closed all summer (which I really thought it was going to be). So it's great that it's being opened up to the public next week.



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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 04/26/2017 01:31AM by plawrence.
Re: Finally! BOFR To Open Next Week.
April 25, 2017 02:44PM
Looks like it should be fully open not too long after that:

Road work will still be underway when the road reopens...The road will be closed from 7:00 pm to 5:00 am for several days as work crews finalize the repairs to the Big Oak Flat road.

That's pretty amazing work given what was involved in stabilizing this stretch.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 04/25/2017 02:49PM by DavidK42.
avatar Re: Finally! BOFR To Open Next Week.
April 25, 2017 08:42PM
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DavidK42
That's pretty amazing work given what was involved in stabilizing this stretch.

It is amazing how fast they got it done. I got to walk around it a few times and see how they progressed.
avatar Yosemite National Park Announces Re-Opening of Big Oak Flat Road
April 25, 2017 03:32PM
Big Oak Flat road will reopen to all vehicular traffic at 5:00 am Monday, May 1, 2017

Yosemite National Park is pleased to announce that the Big Oak Flat road will reopen to all vehicular traffic at 5:00 am on Monday, May 1, 2017. Visitors entering the park via Highway 120 West will once again be able to drive via Big Oak Flat road to Yosemite Valley.

Road work will still be underway when the road reopens. Visitors planning to drive over Big Oak Flat road should be prepared for one-lane traffic closures with waits up to 15 minutes. The road will be closed from 7:00 pm to 5:00 am for several days as work crews finalize the repairs to the Big Oak Flat road.

"We would like to express our sincere appreciation to the gateway communities and visitors for their support and understanding during the repair process," stated Chip Jenkins, Acting Superintendent. "We would also like to thank the Federal Highway Administration and the contractors for their great work and support over the past couple of months. Also, we'd like to acknowledge and thank the many park employees who worked tirelessly to get the road open. A sincere thank you to Michael Pieper, Yosemite National Park Civil Engineer, who did an amazing job and ensured that this project was completed in a timely and safe manner.”

Severe winter storms have given new life to an underground spring, causing saturated, heavy soils under the road to slide downhill. Over 200 feet of roadway was impacted. As a result of the slide, the Big Oak Flat road from Crane Flat to Foresta Junction was unsafe for vehicular travel and closed for repairs since late February.

Park entrance fees will be charged at the Big Oak Flat entrance station beginning on Monday, May 1. Yosemite National Park had waived park entrance fees for visitors entering the park via the Big Oak Flat entrance gate while the road has been closed.

The El Portal Road (Highway 140) and the Wawona Road (Highway 41) are open and clear for all vehicular traffic to access Yosemite Valley and Wawona. Visitors traveling to and from Yosemite National Park are urged to drive with caution, follow posted speed limits, and be aware of rocks and debris on the roadway.

For updated 24-hour road and weather conditions for Yosemite National Park, please call 209 372-0200, press 1 and press 1 again.
Re: Yosemite National Park Announces Re-Opening of Big Oak Flat Road
April 25, 2017 03:53PM
Thank God for that...
Wasn't looking forward to three hours of driving each way to get to Hetch Hetchy from the valley when we visit next week.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 04/25/2017 03:54PM by caedo12.
Re: Yosemite National Park Announces Re-Opening of Big Oak Flat Road
April 27, 2017 11:16AM
LA Times says it's open on a limited basis right now:

http://www.latimes.com/travel/deals/la-tr-california-yosemite-big-oak-flat-road-reopens-20170425-story.html



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