**UPDATE: 5:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 3: the highway has been reopened.**
UPDATE: 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3: Highway 140 reported by CHP to be temporarily closed in the vicinity of Crane Creek Road in El Portal due to a rock slide.
**UPDATE: 3:30 p.m. Feb. 2: Highway 140 has been reopened
MARIPOSA — Due to the impact of an ongoing storm on the roadway, Caltrans plans a pre-emptive closure of State Route 140 in and near the Ferguson Fire burn scar.
The closure is scheduled for the sake of public safety and begins at 4 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2 The estimated time of opening is dependent upon the impact of the weather.
This closure will take place for approximately 17 miles from Bear Creek near Midpines to Foresta Road in El Portal – approximately 4 miles west of the Yosemite National Park entrance.
Risks for this stretch of roadway in storm conditions include mudslides and the movement of debris, such as rocks, onto highway lanes.
Caltrans crews will close the road when the storm begins. After the storm has passed, Caltrans crews will clear any debris and inspect the road before reopening it to traffic.
To stay current on this closure, call 1-800-427-7623 for highway conditions.
This closure is scheduled to begin as listed, but is subject to change due to traffic incidents, weather, availability of equipment and/or materials and other issues