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February 1, 2019
District: 10 – Stockton


The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is planning a
preemptive closure of State Highway 140 in and near the Ferguson Fire burn scar beginning at
4:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 2, 2019. This is due to an ongoing storm that could impact
the roadway, and the closure is scheduled for the sake of public safety.

The estimated time of opening is dependent upon the impact of the weather. This closure will
take place for approximately 17 miles from Bear Creek near Midpines to Foresta Road in El
Portal – approximately 4 miles west of the Yosemite National Park entrance.

Risks for this stretch of roadway in storm conditions include mudslides and the movement of
debris, such as rocks, onto highway lanes.

Caltrans crews will close the road when the storm begins. After the storm has passed, Caltrans
crews will clear any debris and inspect the road before reopening it to traffic.

To stay current on this closure, and other news regarding the impact the storm is having on
transportation, please follow District 10 Twitter (@CaltransDist10) and download the Caltrans
QuickMap app to your phone. You may also call 1-800-427-7623 for highway conditions.

This closure is scheduled to begin as listed, but is subject to change due to traffic incidents,
weather, availability of equipment and/or materials and other issues.
For the safety of workers and other motorists, please Be Work Zone Alert.


From NPS:

Yosemite News Release

February 1, 2019 3:00 pm

Yosemite National Park Announces Temporary Road Closures and Delays Possible Due to Incoming Winter Storm Systems 

Big Oak Flat Road, Wawona Road, and El Portal Road may be impacted due to heavy precipitation 

Temporary road closures and delays may be possible over the next several days along Big Oak Flat Road (Highway 120 West), Wawona Road (Highway 41), and El Portal Road (Highway 140) inside Yosemite National Park. An incoming winter storm system could impact roadways inside the park due to heavy precipitation and snow at higher elevations.

Yosemite National Park is open. Visitors planning trips to the park over the next several days are advised to plan for winter driving conditions. Tire chains may be required at any time depending on road conditions. All motorists driving in the park during the winter season are strongly encouraged to have tire chains in their vehicle. Temporary road closures may go into effect at any time due to road and weather conditions.

For updated 24-hour road and weather conditions for Yosemite National Park, please call 209-372-0200, press 1 and press 1 again. Updated information is also available on the park’s website here.


For the Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System (YARTS) schedule during this closure click here.


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