MARIPOSA COUNTY – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) continues to clear a slide caused by recent weather activity on State Route 140 in Mariposa County. Route 140 is closed approximately 15 miles east of Briceburg. However, motorists can travel around the slide area via a detour on Route 140 at Foresta and El Portal roads.
The initial scaling is expected to conclude this week, and another four days or more will be needed to remove the material. Due to the tight roadway at this location, crews cannot load out trucks safely with one-way traffic control in place.
The hope is one-way traffic control will be in place next week and continue for approximately 2-3 weeks to remove the remaining material. This work is scheduled to occur as described, depending on weather, availability of equipment, and construction-related issues. Crews are working as safely and expeditiously as possible.
Caltrans thanks the traveling public for its patience as we continue working to reopen the highway fully.
Road closures due to snow, flooding, and rockslides in some areas are still possible. If you must travel, be prepared for winter driving conditions. In the mountains, always have chains, winterize your vehicle, and pack an emergency kit. Stay back and give snowplows and first responders room to work safely.
In wet weather, reduce speed and follow at a safe distance, inspect wipers, and replace them if needed. Don’t use cruise control, check headlights, inflate tires to the correct pressures, check the tread, and heed flood warnings and road closures.
More tips and information are available at dot.ca.gov/travel. Check Caltrans for road conditions: quickmap.dot.ca.gov or call 1-800-427-7623.
For Yosemite National Park road information, call 1-209-372-0200 (then 1, 1) or visit the park’s website: nps.gov/yose/index.htm.
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