[CMCEmail] Reds Meadow Road remains closed

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rner&utm_medium=email> Reds Meadow Road remains closed 

Posted: 09 Jul 2017 12:16 PM PDT


USFS press release

Forest engineers, including a Geotechnical Specialist, completed an
assessment of the storm-damaged Reds Meadow Road Thursday.


Reds Road

This road, which accesses prized destinations such as Devils Postpile
National Monument, Reds Meadow, and Rainbow Falls Trailhead, has received
storm damage after the substantial snowpack from this winter and the
subsequent melt-off and flooding.

Engineers evaluated a series of longitudinal cracks along the edge of the
road and determined that these areas were more stable than anticipated.
However, crews have been and will be placing concrete barriers and K Rail
along these areas to keep vehicles off these cracks to prevent further

Engineers determined that one area of the road has been structurally
compromised and is unsafe for large vehicle traffic such as buses. In this
area, a substantial crack was seen near the middle of the road.


K Rail and road cracking . Photos courtesy of US Forest Service

Crews will need to stabilize this segment of the road by placing layers of
compacted fill, reconstructing the damaged culvert, and placing concrete
curbing to further stabilize the road bed. This work will begin on Monday.

"We are reluctant to estimate an opening date at this time," said the
Mammoth and Mono Lake Deputy District Ranger Margie DeRose. "Until we are
able to see the full nature of the problem when we remove the damaged
portion of the road, we cannot be certain of the full extent of needed

The Reds Meadow and Devils Postpile Road remain closed to vehicles.
Bicyclists and pedestrians are permitted as long as they avoid areas of
construction and wait until they are cleared to travel through construction

When repair of the road is underway, pedestrians, bicycles, and essential
administrative traffic may be permitted through only during certain time
windows so that this work can be completed as quickly as possible.

"We understand how special this valley is to our visitors, residents, and
the local economy," said Nora Gamino, Forest Engineer. "These repairs are
necessary for safety, and to keep this narrow mountain road open for the
upcoming years. Engineering is dedicating all of its resources to getting
this road open as soon as safely possible."

The Inyo National Forest, Devils Postpile National Monument and partners
continue to conduct necessary repairs to open roads, which includes
brushing, culvert and drainage clearance, repairing potholes, and plowing
parking areas, as well as getting water and waste water systems operational
along the road following a record-breaking year for winter snowpack at 200%
of normal.



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