Small rock slide falls on highway outside Yosemite
EL PORTAL, Calif. ” State transportation officials say several tons of rock and debris fell on a highway leading into Yosemite National Park. No damage has been reported.
State Route 140 is still open but officials are restricting traffic to one lane. A spokeswoman for the California Department of Transportation says maintenance crews are cleaning up the roadway and expect it should be completely reopened later this morning.
The slide occurred only about a mile east of the Ferguson Rockslide, which buried the highway in 3 million cubic yards of rock and debris in April 2006.
State transportation officials removed a short, emergency bridge that bypassed the rubble last summer to install two interim bridges long enough to accommodate tour buses seeking to travel through Yosemite’s western gate.