Yosemite park reopens popular route damaged by rockslide


Courtesy of Yosemite National Park

The condition of the El Portal Road on July 13. El Portal Road reopened Sunday, ahead of schedule.

 

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — A key road damaged in a rockslide at Yosemite National Park has reopened ahead of schedule.

Ranger Scott Gediman says more than 100 dump trucks hauled off rocks and debris after a huge chunk of a hillside came crashing down June 12. El Portal Road reopened Saturday.

The 4,000-ton (3,600-metric ton) rockslide blocked one of three popular routes into Yosemite, creating a commuting headache for hundreds of park employees and thousands of tourists who were forced to take detours.

Gediman says a 100-foot stretch of the road will be gravel, so motorists will have to slow down. The damaged road and a stone wall destroyed in the rockslide will be repaired later.