Just some of the damage that will be studied in Yosemite’s Environmental Assessment on Tioga Road (Hwy 120), the highest trans-sierra highway that crosses the northern part of the park. (Photo: NPS)
UPDATE: NPS Media Relations contact Scott Gediman told The Sheet that Friday’s site visit would be weather dependent. “We haven’t canceled the visits at this time, but they will depend on what happens with the weather on Friday,” Gediman said. He advised that those interested in attending call the park before heading out to the sites on Friday.
Yosemite National Park invites the public to a site visit for the Tioga Road Rehabilitation Project on Oct. 29, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The previously scheduled site visits were canceled due to inclement weather at the higher elevations in the park, and snow is in the forecast for this Friday. The site visits are an opportunity for interested parties to learn more about this planning effort. If held, park planners will be at the meeting to discuss the project and hear comments and concerns regarding the planning effort and proposed rehabilitation actions.
Yosemite National Park is currently developing an Environmental Assessment (EA) to study rehabilitation on approximately 40 miles of the Tioga Road (Hwy 120), the highest trans-sierra highway that crosses the northern part of the park. The primary goal of this project, according to a press release from the National Parks Service, “is to improve visitor safety along the Tioga Road while still preserving the natural and cultural resources throughout the Tioga Road corridor.”
The proposed Tioga Road Rehabilitation Project will be completed over a series of three phases:
Phase 1: Crane Flat to White Wolf (2012)
Phase 2: Olmsted Point to east of Tuolumne Lodge (2014)
Phase 3: White Wolf to Olmsted Point (2016)
Friday’s site visit is expected to take place in two locations along Tioga Road. Attendees should meet at the South Fork Bridge turnout along the Tioga Road (approximately seven miles east of Crane Flat) from 10 – 11 a.m. The second site visit will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the Tuolumne Meadows Visitor Center parking lot. Interested parties are invited to join one, or both, portions of the discussion.
The Tioga Road Rehabilitation Project will be released for public review in spring of 2011.
For more information about this project please visit: http://www.nps.gov/yose/parkmgmt/tioga_rehab.htm –NPS