Heavy rains cause closure of State Route 168E

STATE ROUTE 168E- TEMPORARY CLOSURE

FROM POST MILE 20 TO POST MILE 43

BISHOP — The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) would like to inform the traveling public that State Route 168E (Westgard Pass) is temporarily closed at post mile 20 (Death Valley Road) to post mile 43 (Deep Springs College) due to rockfall and emergency roadway repairs. This road will remain closed today and tomorrow.

The Ancient Bristlecone Visitor Center is closed due to this flooding.

Photo courtesy of Caltrans

Flooding has also been reported at the intersection of State Route 127 and State Route 190, but the roadway has not been closed.

The traveling public is advised to use alternate routes, keep a close eye on the weather, and proceed cautiously when driving through the area. The safety of Caltrans and other agency’s crews, and that of other responders, is very important.  Inattentiveness on the road can have tragic consequences.

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For the latest highway information please visit the Caltrans QuickMap site at quickmap.dot.ca.gov or call the Road Condition Hotline at 1-800-427-ROAD (7623).

 

USFS news release

The Eastern Sierra has experienced heavy rainfall in the past few days.

Several roads have has flooding or mudflows.

The Horseshoe Meadows Rd. closed last night for a mudflow below the campgrounds. A big thank you to Inyo County Roads who worked throughout last night to re-open that road.

Currently, Highway 168 East (towards the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest) is close for flooding. Please check with Cal Trans for updates:

http://www.dot.ca.gov/cgi-bin/roads.cgi

Although not with the forest, the following roads are also closed in Inyo County due to flooding:

Willow Spring Road, at N. Eureka Valley Rd.
Death Valley Rd.
Eureka (Sand Dunes) Rd.
N. Eureka Valley Rd.

There is still more rain in the forecast for today and more flooding is possible. Please take care when travelling through the area, especially through narrow canyons and through recent burn areas that may be unstable. Be safe and turn around if needed.

 

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