October 19, 2010
Yosemite National Park is currently developing an Environmental Assessment (EA) to study rehabilitation on approximately 40 miles of the Tioga Road, the highest trans-sierra highway that crosses the northern part of the park. The primary goal of this project is to improve visitor safety along the Tioga Road while still preserving the natural and cultural resources throughout the Tioga Road corridor.
Yosemite National Park invites the public to a site visit for the Tioga Road Rehabilitation Project on Friday, October 29, 2010 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The previously scheduled site visits were cancelled due to inclement weather at the higher elevations in the park. This public site visit is an opportunity for interested parties to learn more about this planning effort. Park planners will be at the meeting to discuss the project and hear comments and concerns regarding the planning effort and proposed rehabilitation actions.
Due to the high elevation of the Tioga Road, the proposed Tioga Road Rehabilitation Project will be completed over a series of three phases. Phases include:
- Phase 1: Crane Flat to White Wolf (2012)
- Phase 2: Olmsted Point to east of Tuolumne Lodge (2014)
- Phase 3: White Wolf to Olmsted Point (2016)
The site to discuss the Tioga Road Rehabilitation Project will take place in two locations along the Tioga Road. Interested parties are invited to join one, or both, portions of the discussion. Visitors should meet at the South Fork Bridge turnout along the Tioga Road (approximately seven miles east of Crane Flat) from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The second site visit will be held from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Tuolumne Meadows Visitor Center parking lot.
Visitors wishing to attend the site visit are urged to wear comfortable hiking shoes and bring water, lunch and/or snacks, and wear appropriate attire in preparation for colder weather.
The Tioga Road Rehabilitation Project will be released for public review in spring of 2011.
For more information about this project please visit: http://www.nps.gov/yose/parkmgmt/tioga_rehab.htm