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Tioga Pass

Postby jessegooddog » Sun Apr 14, 2013 1:42 pm

I have just read that plowing will not begin until until May 15, with an expected opening date for Memorial Day weekend. With the low snow year, I had hoped it to be open early May like last year. 88 opened a few days ago.

Oops, that's 89 that opened, 88 usually kept open.



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Re: Tioga Pass

Postby markskor » Tue Apr 16, 2013 10:12 am

Yosemite budget cuts snow removal of Tioga Pass

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Park has only eight days to plow Tioga Pass before Memorial Day holiday
Threats that the sequester might slow down efforts to open Tioga Pass appear to be true after Yosemite National Park officials acknowledged this week that a $2.4 million cut to the park’s budget includes cuts to snow removal.
The cuts will force the park to delay plowing the road to May 15—just 11 short days before the Memorial Day holiday that historically marks the official beginning of the Eastern Sierra’s summer season.
“This is just terrible,” said Mono County Supervisor Tim Alpers. “It’s really beginning to look like the people in Washington simply don’t care about any of us.”
According to the county’s public works director, Jeff Walters, the park will do its first flyover via helicopter of the road this coming Monday, April 15.
“At that point, we will know more,” Walters said.
The park is at about 50 percent or less of its normal snowpack for this time of year, meaning the park only has to plow through about half as much snow as it usually does.
“They think they can get it done,” Walters told the county supervisors Tuesday. “But it’s too soon to be sure.”
The county agreed to help the park by plowing from the Eastside toward the west side of the road, something it does every year when necessary.
But the time frame is very short. Roads need several days to dry out after plowing, meaning the plowing has to be done in about eight days, allowing three more for drying.
“It’s a big concern,” said Alpers. “They are really threading the needle. This is the gateway to the entire Eastern Sierra.”
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Re: Tioga Pass

Postby paul » Tue Apr 16, 2013 1:59 pm

Keep in mind this does not affect 120 on the east side up to the pass - that is plowed by Mono County/Caltrans, and should be open soon (it's said to be snow free already but reportedly still has boulders to be cleared).
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Re: Tioga Pass

Postby paul » Sun Apr 21, 2013 10:18 am

120 now open to the park gate from the east.
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Re: Tioga Pass

Postby rlown » Sun Apr 21, 2013 11:18 am

latest update on plowing 120 through the park. It shows they start 4/29:

http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/tioga.htm

Same disclaimers to road repair apply. There's a pic of TM as of 4/4 as well, obviously from a helicopter.
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Re: Tioga Pass

Postby tim » Tue Apr 23, 2013 3:23 pm

Yosemite spokesman suggesting you should expect May 3 for Glacier Pt and May 11 for Tioga opening:
http://www.kcet.org/living/travel/socal ... -2013.html
Devils Postpile is also expected to be open by Memorial Day weekend.
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Re: Tioga Pass

Postby maverick » Mon Apr 29, 2013 1:40 pm

Tentative opening date of May 11 according to Yosemite NPS website:
http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/tioga.htm
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