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Your drive to Yosemite just got easier. Storm-damaged road to Yosemite Valley set to reopen

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Workers in late March dug down 50 feet to repair Big Oak Flat Road. It connects with Highway 120 and allows visitors to access Yosemite National Park’s valley.
(National Park Service)

Yosemite visitors, no need to follow detours anymore. The southern entrance and road leading to Yosemite Valley will reopen 5 a.m. Monday.

A stretch of Big Oak Flat Road had been impassable for two months because of a landslide, forcing travelers to take a 22-mile detour to get to places such as the Majestic Yosemite Hotel and Half Dome Village, a park announcement said Tuesday.

Visitors may still encounter traffic delays along Big Oak Flat Road, which connects to State Route 120. One-lane closures may be in effect, and the road will close 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. for several days as crews shore up repairs.

The road had been shut from Crane Flat Campground to the Foresta area since mid-February, forcing northbound park visitors to make a 22-mile detour through Mariposa and El Portal.

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El Portal Road (State Route 140) and Wawona Road (State Route 41) remain open to Yosemite Valley and Wawona.

Seasonal routes — Tioga Road (Hwy 120) and Glacier Point Road — remain closed because of snow. No estimate on when they will reopen.

Info: Yosemite National Park, (209) 372-0200, press “1” twice

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