Nearly a decade after the 2006 Ferguson rockslide blocked the highway leading to Yosemite National Park’s western gate, a $133 million fix will begin this spring, state officials announced on Friday.
Thousands of tons of debris will be removed and the two lanes of Highway 140 through the Merced River canyon will be re-established, according to the California Department of Transportation. It is the first phase of the project, which also will include a cable drapery to secure the canyon section against rockslides in the future.
Next year, a 750-foot-long structure, called a rock shed, will be built over the section of highway.
Throughout both phases, motorists still will be able to pass through the highway section and get into Yosemite. Pilot cars will be directing traffic to ensure smooth travel in place of the one-way, controlled traffic lights that have guided motorists for many years since the rockslide.