MARIPOSA COUNTY – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is planning a pre-emptive closure of State Route 140 in and near the Ferguson Fire burn scar beginning at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 16.
This is due to an ongoing storm that could impact the roadway, and the closure is scheduled for the sake of public safety, says Caltrans.
The estimated time of reopening is dependent upon the impact of the weather.
This closure will take place over an approximately 17-mile stretch of highway, 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 to traffic.
The 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.
Caltrans reminds everyone – For the safety of workers and other motorists, please “Be Work Zone Alert.”