Yosemite National Park is planning to make road improvements along 27 miles of the Tioga Road.
The project would rehabilitate the section of the highway, while preserving natural and cultural resources along the road that provides access to Tuolumne Meadows, Tioga Pass, U.S. Route 395 and a number of trailheads.
The existing roadway is in poor condition, according to Yosemite officials. No major maintenance repairs have been conducted in 40 years, and the road shoulders and surface have deteriorated due to erosion. There is no designated roadside parking and the informal parking that has resulted is causing damage to the environment.
The National Park Service is beginning an environmental assessment for the project. The public scoping period will begin Thursday and end on March 5. Open houses will be held at the public library in Groveland on Thursday, Feb. 18, from 6 to 8 p.m., and at the Valley Visitor Center Auditorium on Wednesday, Feb. 24 from 1 to 4 p.m. The environmental assessment will be available for public review in the fall. Construction is expected to begin in the summer or fall of 2012 and completed by 2016.
Comments may be submitted online at the National Park Service Planning, Environment and Public Comment site at: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/yose/tiogaroad
Comments can also be submitted in writing to: Superintendent, Yosemite National Park, Attn: Tioga Road Rehabilitation (Big Oak Flat Road to May Lake Road) PO Box 577 Yosemite, CA 95389.