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Yosemite reopens key road damaged by rockslide

Associated Press
This Monday, June 12, 2017, photo provided by the National Park Service shows a rockslide that blocked one of the main roads into Yosemite National Park in California. About 4,000 tons (3,600 metric tons) of rock detached from a cliff on Monday, blocking El Portal Road, Park spokesman Scott Gediman.
NPS Photo via AP
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — A key road damaged in a rockslide at Yosemite National Park has been reopened.Park officials say El Portal Road reopened ahead of schedule Saturday evening.

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.

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.

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