Wawona Tunnel Repairs Coming – Expect Traffic Delays

In Road Conditions, Safety
Traffic by Dolan Halbrook

With Highway 120 closed for the Rim Fire there are currently only 2 ways to get to Yosemite Valley, Highway 140 and Highway 41 from Fresno. Now much needed repairs on the Wawona Tunnel on Highway 41 are coming which means more hassles getting to Yosemite Valley.

Most of the construction will occur inside the tunnel beginning September 8 through December 13, 2013.

The work is needed to clean and repair the Wawona Tunnel including: repairing sections of the tunnel wall, floor, and ceiling, sealing cracks and joints, improving the drainage system, and cleaning the interior of the length of the tunnel.

Traffic delays are expected to be 15-30 minutes from 6:00 am to 8:00 pm and anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours during the overnight hours.

Most operations are expected to take place during overnight hours when traffic is lightest. Traffic controls and a pilot car will be in place to regulate traffic flow.

Please use extra caution when approaching and inside the construction area.

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