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Yosemite National Park’s Wawona Road Rehabilitation Project Concluding for 2010

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Date: December 8, 2010

In May of this year, Yosemite National Park initiated an extensive project to repair and repave approximately 25 miles of road within Yosemite National Park. The scope of the project includes work on the Wawona Road from the South Entrance (Highway 41 coming from Fresno) to Yosemite Valley. The majority of the work has concluded for this year and the project will be completed in spring 2011.  

Highlights of the project include:

  • Pulverizing existing roadway and repaving the road surface;
  • Culvert repairs and cleaning;
  • Replacing curbing throughout the corridor;
  • Improving drainage along the corridor;
  • Re-grading and/or paving the existing pullouts;
  • Repaving the road surface
 
These improvements were completed through a partnership with the Federal Highway Administration and the National Park Service.  

Work will resume in spring 2011, to finish all remaining items. The work that needs to be completed consists of primarily of constructing culvert headwalls. It is anticipated that this residual work will require approximately two weeks to complete, with 30-minute delays. Exact dates of work and times of delays are forthcoming.  
 
The National Park Service has developed a revegetation plan for the areas adjacent to the work completed on the Wawona Road. The revegetation work will stabilize the soil, provide erosion control, and enhance the scenic qualities of the road corridor.

Did You Know?

Yosemite Museum

When it opened to the public on May 29, 1926, the Yosemite Museum became the first museum building in the national park system, and its educational objectives served as a model for parks nationwide. It still functions much as it was originally intended, and currently exhibits items which mainly reflect the Native occupation of Yosemite Valley and its surroundings. When in the park, you can visit with one of three cultural demonstrators who primarily staff the Museum.