Hetch Hetchy Road in Yosemite National Park Reopens
Tioga Road Remains Closed Until Further Assessment
After a temporary closure, the Hetch Hetchy Road in Yosemite National Park has reopened to the public at 11:00 a.m. today, Friday, December 02, 2011. The Hetch Hetchy Road was temporarily closed on Wednesday, November 30 due to a high wind warning in the Yosemite area. Several trees fell along the roadway during the event, causing blocked access to the Hetch Hetchy Dam and the Hetch Hetchy area. Forestry crews were able to access the area this morning and clear the roadway of any remaining debris.
The Tioga Road, previously closed due to the high wind event, remains closed at this time. The area experienced gusts of wind up to 75 miles per hour, causing dozens of trees to uproot and fall across the roadway. Forestry crews continue to work in the area to remove debris from the road. Work on the roadway and fallen trees will continue throughout the weekend and an announcement will be made upon the opening of the Tioga Road.
All roads within the Yosemite National Park are subject to temporary closures due to hazardous driving conditions. For updated 24-hour road and weather conditions for Yosemite National Park, please call 209-372-0200.
Did You Know?
In March 1987, the largest historical rockfall in Yosemite National Park deposited an estimated 1.5 million tons of debris at the base of Three Brothers, closing Northside Drive for several months.