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Road Construction to Resume on the Wawona Road in Yosemite National Park

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Date: April 15, 2011

Road construction on the Wawona Road in Yosemite National Park is set to resume on Monday, April 18, 2011. The construction, which began in May 2010, was suspended in November due to snow and ice on the road.  

Visitors traveling into Yosemite via Highway 41/Wawona Road will experience up to 15 minute delays from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. and up to 30 minute delays from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Additionally, up to 15 minute delays will be experienced from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and up to 30 minute delays from 4:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. All delays will occur Monday through Friday. There will be no weekend delays.

The goal of this construction project is to improve 24.4 miles of the Wawona Road starting from the South Entrance of Yosemite National Park and ending at Bridalveil Straight in Yosemite Valley. Remaining work to be completed includes ditch paving, headwall repairs, sign repairs, crosswalk striping, and other minor grinding and paving of the roadway.

Did You Know?

Upper Merced Watershed

The Merced River above Nevada Fall and South Fork Merced River above Wawona, numerous small meadows and adjacent riparian habitats occur. Owing their existence to the river and its annual flooding, these habitats help support eight special status animal species: harlequin ducks, black swifts, bald eagles, osprey, willow flycatchers, yellow warbler, western red bat, and Sierra Nevada mountain beaver.