Yosemite National Park’s Wawona Road Rehabilitation Project Concluding for 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.
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?
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.