Tioga Road to fully re­open with­out re­stric­tions

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scenic Tioga Road – Yosemite Na­tional Park’s only route over the Sierra Ne­vada – will re­open Mon­day with no re­stric­tions.

Tioga Road (High­way 120 out­side the park) re­opened with re­stric­tions Fri­day. It will con­tinue to only be open daily from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. un­til it fully re­opens at 8 a.m. Mon­day.

“There will con­tinue to be no stop­ping along the road and no overnight park­ing,” Yosemite of­fi­cials said in a news re­lease Thurs­day. “Park rangers will sweep the road af­ter each open and closed pe­riod to make sure vis­i­tors are uti­liz­ing the cor­ri­dor only to cross the Sierra.”

Bi­cy­cles will be al­lowed on the road dur­ing day­light hours through­out the week­end.

“The park im­ple­mented the lim­ited open­ing the past cou­ple of weeks to al­low crews to re­move snow, set up util­ity systems to open re­strooms and fa­cil­i­ties, and pre­pare for sum­mer op­er­a­tions,” of­fi­cials said.

Re­strooms and some ser­vices along Tioga Road will also be avail­able once the road fully re­opens Mon­day.

“Other vis­i­tor ser­vices, such as camp­grounds, lodg­ing, and the store and grill, will be opened in­cre­men­tally through­out the month of July,” of­fi­cials said. “Yosemite Na­tional Park ex­tends its gratitude to the vis­it­ing pub­lic for com­ply­ing with the lim­ited open­ing, and help­ing to pro­tect the park’s pre­cious reThe sources.”

In some pre­vi­ous years, of­fi­cials said, the road was re­opened be­fore some fa­cil­i­ties were avail­able, which cre­ated re­source is­sues, specif­i­cally in the eco­log­i­cally-sensitive Tuolumne Mead­ows.

Tioga Road may be im­pacted by storm ac­tiv­ity, in­clud­ing snow and icy driv­ing con­di­tions, over the next sev­eral weeks that could tem­po­rar­ily close the road. It’s typically open from late spring to early fall.

All mo­torists should drive with cau­tion and be aware of pos­si­ble road­way haz­ards, in­clud­ing rocks, de­bris and wa­ter.

For up­dated 24-hour road and weather con­di­tions for Yosemite Na­tional Park, call 209-372-0200. Park road con­di­tions are also posted at nps.gov/yose.

ERIC PAUL ZAMORA Fresno Bee file

Traf­fic passes Olm­sted Point at dusk, mov­ing east­ward along the Tioga Pass Road to­ward Te­naya Lake.

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