YOSEMITE — UPDATED 6:45 p.m. Officials have announced that two roads leading in and out of Yosemite National Park have reopened earlier than previously anticipated following temporary closure due to a storm.
As of about 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 26, Highway 41/Wawona Road was reopened to traffic between Wawona and Yosemite Valley. Big Oak Flat Road/Highway 120 between Big Oak Flat Entrance and Foresta was also reopened, according to an emergency alert text sent out to subscribers by the park.
The roads had been closed by about noon on Sunday as crews evaluated the condition of the roads in order to ensure public safety. The south entrance to the park was closed for a period of time following significant snowfall, and traffic was backed up all the way to Fish Camp, where chain control was in place for a portion of the morning. The Wawona Road between the south entrance to the park and Wawona and Mariposa Grove remained open. The only access to and from Yosemite Valley during much of the day was El Portal Road Hwy 140.
Hetch Hetchy Road remains closed overnight and will be evaluated in the morning. Call 209-372-0200 (press 1, 1 again) for road conditions.