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Rock slide slows traffic on Highway 140

BRICEBURG -- For the second day in a row, rockslides on Highway 140 in the Briceburg area delayed travelers' progress Tuesday along the highway between Mariposa and Yosemite National Park.

Tuesday's rockslide was quickly cleared and involved smaller rocks, mud and debris at Bull Creek Road near the South Fork bridge than the incident Monday. In that incident, a large number of boulders closed the eastbound lanes of Highway 140 from midafternoon until 9:30 p.m. Traffic was diverted into westbound lanes while the debris was being cleared.

Sgt. Ed Greene of the Mariposa California Highway Patrol office said his officers are regularly patrolling the winding two-lane highway looking for falling rocks. Caltrans road crews also are regularly checking the route for debris.

Greene said no vehicle accidents have been attributed to rockslides. He urged motorists traveling that route to exercise extra caution.