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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?

Nevada and Vernal Falls

In Yosemite Valley, dropping over 594-foot Nevada Fall and then 317-foot Vernal Fall, the Merced River creates what is known as the “Giant Staircase.” Such exemplary stair-step river morphology is characterized by a large variability in river movement and flow, from quiet pools to the dramatic drops of the waterfalls themselves.