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Construction Delays In Yosemite National Park

YOSEMITE — Visitors to Yosemite National Park should be aware of a number of construction projects that may cause delays in their travels.

Yosemite Valley:

Contractors continue work on Northside Drive between Sentinel Drive and the Yosemite Lodge crossing near Yosemite Falls. Currently they are installing curbs. Flaggers will control traffic, with one lane open at a time.

Contractors also continue road work on Northside Drive from the Yosemite Lodge intersection to just past Camp 4. The Camp 4 parking area will remain closed while contractors set wheel stops.

Campers will continue to have parking available across the street at the Yosemite Falls parking area.

Northside Drive between the Yosemite Falls crossing and Camp 4 will remain limited to one westbound lane. Eastbound traffic will continue to travel through Yosemite Lodge. The contractors hope to complete this work by Thanksgiving if the weather remains favorable.

Masons will begin work on the masonry headwalls on Northside Drive in the west end of Yosemite Valley and El Portal Road between Pohono Bridge and the Big Oak Flat intersection. Work will take place during the day, with one lane closed near each headwall.

South Entrance:

Around the South Entrance, there will be 30-minute delays with single lane traffic control from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Expect heavy truck traffic around the south entrance as crews continue grading and paving the roadways and parking lots. The 30-minute delays will continue through October.

Wawona Tunnel area:

Between the Rostrum and the Wawona Tunnel, motorists can expect up to 15-minute delays from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. as crews continue with culvert-shoulder-ditch repairs.

El Portal construction:

In the El Portal area, crews are working during the day and throughout the nighttime hours, completing storm-slide repairs on the El Portal Road between the western park boundary (Yosemite View Lodge) and the Big Oak Flat Intersection.

The following delays should be anticipated while traveling the El Portal Road between the western park boundary and the Big Oak Flat Intersection:

8 to 10 p.m. – delays limited to 15 minutes
10 p.m. to 6 a.m. – delays limited to 30 minutes
6 a.m. to 8 a.m. – delays limited to 15 minutes
8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. — delays limited to 30 minutes
3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. — delays limited to 15 minutes

Big Oak Flat/Highway 120:

On the Big Oak Flat Road, crews are working from the long tunnel on Big Oak Flat /Highway 120, working westward. Expect short delays.

Please drive slowly in the work zone, watching for workers, equipment and debris on the road. This project is expected to last up to 4 weeks, with operations being done Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., and some Fridays.

As of this date, Tioga Pass and Glacier Point Road remain open.

For current road conditions in Yosemite National Park, visit https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/conditions.htm or call 209-372-0200 (press 1 then 1).

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