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Yosemite National Park Announces Rehabilitation Plans for the Tioga Road

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Date: February 1, 2013

Yosemite National Park signs the Tioga Road Rehabilitation Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI). The FONSI records the decision of the National Park Service to rehabilitate, restore and resurface approximately 41 miles of the Tioga Road. The Tioga Road, bounded on both sides by State Highway 120, and open seasonally, is a popular east-west crossing of the Sierra Nevada.

The Selected Action focuses on improving the safety of visitors andemployees traveling on Tioga Road, maintaining the character of the road corridor, and restoring drainage features to control erosion. 

Additionally, roadside turnouts will be redesigned which will help manage roadside parking and traffic flow. The rehabilitation will also help reduce rockfall potential along the Tioga Road by scaling rock at select locations. The Selected Action also calls for improvements at the parking area of the Tuolumne Grove.

A public scoping period for the Tioga Road Rehabilitation Plan occurred from February 4, 2010 through March 5, 2010.Work is anticipated to begin in Spring 2014 and will occur in three phases as funding is available. Each phase will occur over a two year period due to the seasonal closure of the Tioga Road.

The Environmental Assessment (EA) was released for public review on August 8, 2011, and comments were accepted through September 8, 2011. The park received 12 public comment letters. All comments were reviewed by park staff and were considered in the development of the FONSI and errata sheets.

Requests for hardcopies of the FONSI, can be submitted to: Superintendent, Yosemite National Park, Attn: Tioga Road Rehabilitation Plan, P.O. Box 577, Yosemite, CA 95389; or fax (209) 379-1294; or emailyose_planning@nps.gov.  The FONSI, EA, and errata sheets are available online at:http://parkplanning.nps.gov/ tiogaroad.

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