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Old 08-25-2010, 12:44 AM
 
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If you are planning to visit Yosemite National Park anytime soon then beware of Route 41. 35 miles of roadworks from the park entrance almost to Yosemite valley and long delays due to a single lane getting through at one spot.

We entered the park on Rte 120 which was great and left on 41 which was not.
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Old 08-25-2010, 09:43 PM
 
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Yosemite National Park publishes a website that outlines the road conditions in the park:

Yosemite National Park - Fact Sheets (U.S. National Park Service)

Do realize that nearly ALL of the western national parks need to do ALL of their road maintenance between May and September. In Yosemite, along Tioga Road, there are no less than TWENTY avalanche zones in 30 miles. It takes 2-3 months EACH year to clean off that road just so that it is ready for the summer months.
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Old 08-26-2010, 10:48 AM
 
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Jlawrence is right...most of the parks at any elevation only have a small window to do roadwork and unfortunately, this coincides with when most people come to see it.

This is a park, that if in any way possible, is best visited any time of year other than the summer. In my opinion, of course. Just too, too, too, many people there in the summer. I
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Old 08-26-2010, 11:56 AM
 
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Personally, I can think of two ways to handle the road delays.

First, you can be a jerk, flip off the workers and make everyone truly miserable.

Or you can talk with the flag people, get out of the car and enjoy some of the fine scenery and appreciate the wonders of civil engineering in the mountains.

It is your choice.
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Old 08-26-2010, 03:00 PM
 
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The point of my post was not to criticize the fact of roadworks but rather to point our that Rte. 120 access is much better than Rte. 41. There are no roadworks on Rte. 120 which makes for a very enjoyable ride.
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Old 08-26-2010, 03:01 PM
 
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Personally, I can think of two ways to handle the road delays.

First, you can be a jerk, flip off the workers and make everyone truly miserable.

Or you can talk with the flag people, get out of the car and enjoy some of the fine scenery and appreciate the wonders of civil engineering in the mountains.

It is your choice.
There is a third way .... use Rte. 120
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Old 08-29-2010, 04:13 PM
 
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Thanks for the information on the delays, I remembered reading about them earlier in the year when I booked lodging in Oakhurst on route 41. The Park Website had the information about the times and delays but there simply isn’t much that can be done if you visit the park at this time of year.

While in Yellowstone last year we had the same problem there. However I appreciate the fact that they “maintain” the roads without totally closing them down. Thus making it possible to still visit the nation park while they continue to keep things working as well as they can.

Best bet,,, bring a nice book to read or enjoy listening to a CD of good music while waiting; life is too short to get upset.
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