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Caltrans delays Highway 140 rockslide fix

Caltrans will take a detour on its path to pick a permanent fix for the Ferguson Rockslide, which has slowed traffic on Highway 140 for nearly two years.

The state agency announced last week that it will begin on a more detailed and longer review of possible ways restore Yosemite National Park’s all-weather highway. The decision came after officials received feedback on what seemed to be the only study needed.

The move is an effort to appease critics of the proposals, but the change in direction has left some Mariposa leaders shaking their heads.

“The question in everyone’s mind is ‘Why now? Why didn’t we start on this earlier and have it over and done with?” Mariposa County Supervisor Brad Aborn asked.

Read the full story in Thursday's Merced Sun-Star.