MARIPOSA COUNTY – As of 10 a.m. today, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has reopened State Route 140 in and near the Ferguson Fire burn scar.
The preemptive closure was implemented at 3 p.m. yesterday and extended for approximately 17 miles from Bear Creek near Midpines to Foresta Road in El Portal. The highway remained closed for about 19 hours.
“This closure was due to an ongoing storm that impacted the roadway, and the closure was implemented for the sake of public safety,” said Caltrans.
Crews hauled away roughly 300 cubic yards of debris flow material from SR-140, but there were no major mudslides reported.
Risks for this stretch of roadway in storm conditions include mudslides and the movement of debris and rocks onto highway lanes.
Highway 120 within Yosemite is closed and could remain closed until 4 p.m. today or when the wind advisory ends and conditions allow.
At 1:30 p.m., Yosemite officials announced that Wawona Road (Highway 41) is closed between Yosemite Valley and South Entrance due to high winds and down trees.
To stay current on news regarding the impact this storm is having on transportation, please follow District 10 on Twitter, download the Caltrans QuickMap app to your phone, call 1-800-427-ROAD (7623) or check the Caltrans website for highway conditions.
For road conditions inside Yosemite National Park call 209-372-0200, dial 1, then 1 again.
Caltrans would like to thank motorists and local residents for their patience and cooperation during this process.