YOSEMITE – Tioga Road has reopened in Yosemite National Park, and through traffic can now access the Eastern Sierra, though the park and its services are still closed.
Motorists are advised to expect delays in the Wawona Tunnel as work crews complete safety improvements.
Beginning this Sunday night, Oct. 13, through traffic should expect 30-minute delays between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., 2-hour traffic delays between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., and 15-minute delays between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m.
The delays will include single lane traffic control with pilot car operations escorting traffic through the construction zone.
Also, at the South Entrance, travelers should expect intermittent delays of up to 15 minutes with either a flagger and/or pilot car. Please drive slowly through all construction areas.
Visitors traveling through the park are also advised to be on the lookout for wildlife along and near park roads.
In October and November, acorns and other natural foods draw bears and other wildlife to roadsides. Recently, a sow and her two cubs were seen foraging near the Wawona Road, and deer are also spending time within a few feet of roadways.