Road Construction

Road construction in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks generally takes place in summer months. In addition to general maintenance and plowing of steep mountain roads, projects to improve and widen roads also take place. When this happens, there may be delays related to construction projects.

Summer 2022 Construction Projects

This summer, two construction projects are underway to improve park roads and utilities.

Pavement Preservation Work
A large-scale road preservation project is underway in both Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks that will continue throughout the summer and fall. Stretches of road will be sealed and resurfaced, including pavement in some parking areas. If you encounter one of these construction zones, please plan on a delay of up to 30 minutes during the day and one hour at night. No work will occur from 6:00 pm on Fridays through 6:00 am on Tuesday on Independence Day or Labor Day.

Week of August 8th – 12th, 2022:

(all dates and locations subject to change)

Sequoia National Park

Microsurfacing work will be done at various points along the Generals Highway in Sequoia National Park on Monday through Friday of next week. This work will have one-lane closures and up to 30-minute delays during the day and 1-hour delays from 8:00 pm to 6:00 am for traffic in both directions.
Asphalt patching work will be done on various roadways and parking areas within the Giant Forest and Lodgepole areas of Sequoia National Park. This work will have one-lane closures and 30-minute delays each way along roadways and temporary closures of parking spaces within specified parking lots. Please see below for dates and locations of affected areas.

Monday, 8/8:

  • Lodgepole Visitor Center Parking Lot
  • Wolverton Corral Road and Parking Area

Tuesday, 8/9:

  • Wolverton Corral Road and Parking Area
  • Sherman Tree Road
  • Main Sherman Tree Trail RV Parking Lot

Wednesday, 8/10:

  • Moro Rock / Crescent Meadow Road (road may be closed to all traffic)
  • Crescent Meadow Parking Loop
  • Pinewood Picnic Area Road and slips

Thursday, 8/11:

  • Moro Rock / Crescent Meadow Road (road may be closed to all traffic)

Friday, 8/12:

  • Moro Rock / Crescent Meadow Road (road may be closed to all traffic)

Week of August 15th – 19th, 2022:

(all dates and locations subject to change)

Sequoia National Park

Microsurfacing work will be done on various roadways and parking areas within the Giant Forest and Lodgepole areas of Sequoia National Park. This work will have one-lane closures and up to 30-minute delays to traffic in both directions. Please see below for dates and locations of affected areas.

Monday, 8/15:

  • No work

Tuesday, 8/16:

  • No work

Wednesday, 8/17:

  • Wuksachi Village Parking, North Terrace

Thursday, 8/18:

  • Wuksachi Road

Friday, 8/19:

  • No work

Asphalt patching work will be done on various roadways and parking areas within the Giant Forest and Lodgepole areas of Sequoia National Park. This work will have one-lane closures and 30-minute delays each way along roadways and temporary closures of parking spaces within specified parking lots. Please see below for dates and locations of affected areas.

Monday, 8/15:

  • No work

Tuesday, 8/16:

  • No work

Wednesday, 8/17:

  • Moro Rock / Crescent Meadow Road
  • Lodgepole Campground:
  • Loop B (Sites 25-35)
  • Loop E (Sites 151-214)
  • Loop EB

Thursday, 8/18:

  • Moro Rock Loop Road

Friday, 8/19:

  • Giant Forest Museum Accessible Parking Lot

Kings Canyon National Park

Asphalt patching work will be done at Crystal Springs Campground in the Grant Grove area of Kings Canyon National Park on Monday, August 15th and Tuesday, August 16th. This work may involve occasional loud machinery during the day.

Microsurfacing work will be done at Crystal Springs Campground in the Grant Grove area of Kings Canyon National Park on Friday, August 19. This work may involve occasional loud machinery during the day.

There may be multiple construction zones active within the parks on certain days. Please be patient during delays that will affect both directions of traffic, this construction is required to maintain the roadway and provide you with safe access to the parks.

The work schedule is as follows:

  • Monday–Thursday: 6 am–8 pm, 30-minute delays
  • Fridays: 6 am–6 pm, 30-minute delays
  • Fridays: 6 pm–Sunday 8 pm, no delays
  • Sunday–Friday: 8 pm–6 am, one-hour delays


Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) Electric Work

Currently, PG&E is replacing aging underground electrical lines along the roads in the Cedar Grove area. Expect average delays of 15 minutes, with traffic control. Work will not occur on weekends, on holidays, or on Fridays prior to holiday weekends. They will also not work on July 1. Work will continue through the summer.


Winter Road Closures and Plowing Operations

Winter snowfall always brings delays and closures, with some roads closing on an annual schedule and other closures occurring related to snow or hazardous conditions. For a schedule of regular closures, check our Road Information web page. For other updates, check our Current Conditions web page or call our main park number and press 1, 1 for road conditions. For more information on winter driving, check our Winter Driving and Tire Chains page.

 

General Information about the Generals Highay

The Generals Highway was completed in 1935 and is the primary artery through Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, in Tulare County, California. The Generals Highway is a narrow, winding road that was not designed or constructed for travel by the larger vehicles that are in use today. Since its original construction, the Generals Highway has needed periodic repairs to address structural deficiencies and normal wear that have led to deterioration of the highway. However, in 1993, the design and reconstruction of the entire 28-mile Generals Highway began. Reconstruction was needed because the Generals Highway was in poor condition with several failures, had short sight distances, several drainage issues, and did not meet Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) design standards.

Now, workers are reconstructing the road to widen narrow sections, constructing new or rehabilitate existing retaining walls, improving drainage, constructing new pullouts, and making other improvements.

The intent of construction projects along the Generals Highway is to correct structural and drainage deficiencies that could lead to major road failure and that jeopardize the integrity of the road and safety of visitors. In addition, the improvements are intended to provide a pleasant driving experience, improve traffic flow, facilitate maintenance operations, and reduce maintenance costs.

Last updated: August 10, 2022

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