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Rockfall closes Highway 140 into Yosemite National Park for at least 24 hours

Rockfall that occurred on Highway 140 Thursday just inside the Yosemite National Park boundary, closing the route to through traffic just east of El Portal. Those planning to travel to Yosemite National Park for New Year's Eve should note that Highway 140 into the park will be closed for at least 24 hours due to a large rock's falling onto the road Thursday, blocking all traffic from entering or exiting via that route.

The rock, estimated to be 10 to 15 feet high, six feet wide and four feet deep, fell approximately a half-mile east of Yosemite View Lodge in El Portal, just inside the park boundary. No injuries or damage to property were reported.

Due to the blockage as well as additional loose rocks, Highway 140/El Portal Road will remain closed for at least 24 hours while road crews assess the area and remove all debris from the roadway.

Both Highway 120 and Highway 41 into the park remain open, though chain restrictions may apply.

-- Kelly Burgess
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Photo: Rockfall that occurred on Highway 140 on Thursday just inside the Yosemite National Park boundary, closing the route to through traffic just east of El Portal. Credit: Fletcher Ogg / National Park Service

 
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