Yosemite Landslide Closes Road

A large slide in Yosemite National Park has a major road completely shut down.

It seems Yosemite National Park has experienced closure after closure this season, but visitors coming into Yosemite's North side are facing what will likely be the most significant.

Big Oak Flat Road is one of the busiest roads in Yosemite National Park, connecting Highway 120 to Yosemite Valley.  But since February it's also a road that's been closed.

"Back in mid-February we noticed a road crack and that crack just got bigger and bigger and the road has just slid down basically due to unstable soil underneath." says Scott Gediman with Yosemite National Park.

Big Oak Flat Road is not the only road that has experienced damage this season.  Highway 41 from Fresno was also closed earlier in the year.  But the slide causing this closure is extensive, with no date of completion in sight just yet.

"Next week we might run into a gusher, it might deluge the whole sight, I mean that's the thing we don't know at this point." admits Micahel Pieper, who is working as a civil engineer on the roads reconstruction.

The slide began back on February 21st, since that point, this route that normally transports over a million visitors into the park each year has been replaced with a gaping hole.

"We are working 24 hours a day 7 days a week." Pieper says.

Visitors entering the park via Highway 120 can still access Merced Grove as well as Tioga Pass, but not Yosemite Valley.  As a way to assist businesses affected by the closure, Yosemite National park is waiving the entry fee for visitors entering along Highway 120.

For those heading into the park from Fresno and the rest of the Valley impacts won't be as noticeable as Yosemite Valley is still easily accessible.

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