Yosemite en­trance re­opens af­ter big land­slide

Los Angeles Times - - CITY & STATE - By Veron­ica Rocha veron­ica.rocha@la­times.com

A ma­jor high­way and en­trance to Yosemite Na­tional Park re­opened late Satur­day, nearly a week af­ter a mas­sive rock­fall buried the road.

“We do not see any other move­ment at this time,” said Jamie Richards, a park spokes­woman. “Ev­ery­thing should be very sta­ble.”

El Por­tal Road, which is a con­tin­u­a­tion of High­way 140, had been closed since June 12 when park of­fi­cials said 4,000 tons of rocks slid off a cliff and dam­aged a 100-foot sec­tion of the road­way.

The rocks de­tached from a point half­way up the Parkline Slab cliff, struck a ledge and broke into pieces.

About a third of the ma­te­rial piled onto El Por­tal Road, cov­er­ing it in 15 to 20 feet of rock. One of the boul­ders was es­ti­mated to weigh 130 tons.

Road crews had been work­ing all week to clear the road­way, Richards said.

Work­ers re­moved the marred pave­ment and re­placed it with gravel and dirt, she said. Cones were placed along the dam­aged rock wall.

Ge­ol­o­gists ac­tively mon­i­tor the rock walls and hill­sides through­out the park, Richards said

“Some­times we can pre­dict when and where there might be a trig­ger; other times we can’t,” she said.

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