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    The Big Oak Flat Road between Crane Flat and the El Portal Road is temporarily closed. There is no access to Yosemite Valley via the Big Oak Flat Road or Highway 120. Tioga Road is open and accessible via Big Oak Flat and Tioga Pass Entrances. More »

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    Yosemite Valley, Glacier Point, and Wawona/Mariposa Grove areas are open and accessible via Highways 140 and 41. Tioga Road is not accessible via Highways 140 and 41 due to a fire.

Hetch Hetchy Communications System

View of Hetch Hetchy Valley.

View of Hetch Hetchy Valley.

NPS Photo by Adrienne Freeman

The current equipment, utilizing existing phone lines, transmits voice and data communications essential to the operation and security of HHW&P’s electric and water supply utilities, and is also used by Yosemite personnel for park communications. The existing radio and fiber optic equipment are obsolete and no longer supported by their manufacturers; the proposed project would update this infrastructure by replacing or updating components of the communication system throughout Tuolumne County, including potentially adding one new site within Yosemite National Park.

Documents pertaining to the Hetch Hetchy Communications System Upgrade Project:

  • For an overview of the proposed project read through the associated fact sheet (PDF)
  • Public comments 1 (1.12 MB PDF) and 2 (1.58 MB PDF) received during the scoping period.
  • Hetch Hetchy Environmental Assessment/Intital Study Page - Public Review and Comment Period Open - Oct. 2, 2007 - Nov. 2, 2007
  • FONSI- Finding of No Significant Impact, Assessmet of Actions Having an Effect on Cultural Resources, Tuolumne Wild and Scenic River Section 7 Determination, Erratta Sheets, and Public Comment and Response Report - April 2008 (3.3MB PDF)
View of O'Shaughnessy Dam and the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir.
View of O'Shaughnessy Dam and the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir.
NPS Photo by Adrienne Freeman

Did You Know?

Wawona Covered Bridge

Built to connect human developments on both sides of the South Fork Merced River, the Wawona Covered Bridge is one of few covered bridges in the region. Built in 1868 by Yosemite’s first guardian, Galen Clark, the Wawona Covered Bridge boasts state significance within transportation, entertainment, and recreation contexts.