Rim Fire: Highway 120 Re-Opening Today
8-23-13 Crews working to replace guardrail posts
Groveland, CA -- Caltrans confirms that Highway 120 will re-open between Groveland and Yosemite National Park.
A stretch has been closed since Monday, August 19, when the Rim Fire jumped over Highway 120. Caltrans spokesperson Angela Deprato says the highway will re-open at noon today. She points out that crews have been working 12-14 hour shifts to repair guard rail posts, signs, and remove damaged trees.
1,000 burned out guardrails have been replaced, and 1,800 trees have been removed. Deprato encourages motorists to still use caution when traveling to and from Yosemite, as several firefighters remain in the area.
Cherry Lake Road, Evergreen Road, Old Yosemite Road, Harden Flat and all other secondary roads and trailheads off of SR-120 will remain closed.
SR-120 (Tioga Road) will also remain closed from Crane Flat to White Wolf within Yosemite National Park. Park visitors can access the Tuolumne Meadows area from SR-395 via the parks east entrance at Tioga Pass.
Written by BJ Hansen