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Highway 41 reopened to Yosemite

A hole on Highway 41 in Fish Camp, shortly south of an entrance to Yosemite National Park, was in the process of being repaved Sunday afternoon. Caltrans spokesman Cory Burkarth said the highway would reopen to one-way traffic later that day.
A hole on Highway 41 in Fish Camp, shortly south of an entrance to Yosemite National Park, was in the process of being repaved Sunday afternoon. Caltrans spokesman Cory Burkarth said the highway would reopen to one-way traffic later that day. Submitted photo

Highway 41 in Fish Camp, shortly south of Yosemite National Park, was reopened to one-way traffic Sunday after the road was placed under a full closure for more than two weeks.

The highway was closed Feb. 21 after a hole opened up Feb. 9 shortly north of Tenaya Lodge, then widened into the center lane as ongoing storms caused the road to further degrade and collapse.

The 36-inch culvert, built in the 1920s, has been replaced by a 72-inch culvert capable of handling increased flows, Caltrans spokesman Cory Burkarth said.

Burkarth said contractor Agee Construction Corporation of Clovis is going to work on seeding the slopes around the highway for plant species, reinstall guard rails on both the north and southbound sides of the road, and paint new stripes.

Highway 41 was reopened to one-way traffic around 5:35 p.m. Sunday, Burkarth said, after repaving operations were completed on a portion of the road. Both lanes were reopened Tuesday.

“We were fortunate we had some good weather so the contractor was able to get a lot of work done,” Burkarth said. “Paving went well, we used over 300 tons of asphalt. But it was all very smooth, very quick, and very efficient. We’re pleased with the repair work.”

The estimated cost of the repair work was $1 million, but Burkarth said a final amount wouldn’t be known until bills are filed.

Editor’s note: Both lanes of the highway were reopened March 14.

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