Busy Yosemite road to close for for repairs

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) – A busy highway in Yosemite National Park will be closed for several weeks as crews rebuild the roadbed damaged in a rock slide last month.

Yosemite officials say Big Oak Flat Road, which is also Highway 120, will be shut down from Feb. 29 until at least April.

The roadway will be closed as crews work around the clock. During the closure, the park will be accessible from Highway 140 to the north and Highway 41 from the south.

Park officials secured emergency funding for the road repair so that the work is completed and reopened prior to the busy spring season.

The scenic roadway was closed earlier this year for about a week after house-sized boulders fell on the road during a storm. Maintenance crews cleared the road and laid a temporary gravel surface.

Park officials hope to reopen the road by Easter weekend.

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