Road Construction to Cause Delays in Yosemite National Park
Road construction on the Wawona Road in Yosemite National Park is set to begin in May. This project will vastly improve 24.4 miles of the Wawona Road starting from the South Entrance of Yosemite. This improvement project will end at the junction of the Wawona Road and Bridalveil Straight in Yosemite Valley.
Visitors traveling into Yosemite via Highway 41/Wawona Road will experience up to 30 minute delays Monday through Thursday from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. and from 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday. Additionally, 60 minute delays will be scheduled from 11:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. on Sunday through Friday. There will be no weekend delays.
This project will resurface, restore and rehabilitate the roadway, improve drainage and grading, add new signage and striping of the roadway.
Road construction on the Wawona Road is slated to be completed by November, 2010.
Did You Know?
In Wawona and downstream, the South Fork Merced River provides habitat for a rare plant, the Sierra sweet bay (Myrica hartwegii). This special status shrub is found in only five Sierra Nevada counties. In Yosemite, it occurs exclusively on sand bars and river banks along the South Fork Merced River downstream from Wawona and on Big Creek.