YOSEMITE — “Not long after this picture was taken, park road crews plowed their way to Tioga Pass!” is the announcement on the Yosemite National Park Facebook page.
On Monday, June 6, National Park Service road crews plowing eastbound, and Caltrans road crews plowing westbound, met at Tioga Pass.
“While this is exciting, we still have a lot of work to do to make the road safe for travel,” say park officials. “There are still three active avalanche zones. We still have to plow parking lots, side roads, and portions of the road that are only plowed one lane wide.
“We’ll open the road as soon as we can, but it’s still going to be a little while; we don’t have an estimate yet.”
So bottom line, the opening of Tioga Pass is not imminent; much work still remains before the road will be safe to open.
The Tioga Road is closed from South Fork Bridge (6.5 miles east of Tuolumne Grove/NatureBridge in the Crane Flat area) to Tioga Pass.
To compare opening dates in years past, visit https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/tiogaopen.htm.