State transportation and Forest Service officials are expected to meet today to discuss when and how Highway 120 will be reopened.
The highway — a popular route into Yosemite National Park — has been closed at the eastern entrance to Ferretti Road since Aug. 19, when the Rim Fire jumped the highway.
A detour has routed Highway 120 traffic to Mariposa’s Highway 140 entrance to the park, causing Groveland-area businesses to suffer.
Last week, a portion of Yosemite’s Tioga Road — from Crane Flat to White Wolf — closed for “fire suppression along the road,” park officials said. This temporary closure has cut off access to Yosemite Valley from vehicles traveling via Tioga Pass.
Meanwhile, Yosemite officials are planning work along another major highway into the park.
Repairs to the Wawona Tunnel — along the Wawona Road, or Highway 41, entrance to the park — are scheduled to begin Sunday.
The historic tunnel leads to “Tunnel View,” a lookout vista that attracts millions each year to photograph Yosemite Valley.
Most of the construction will occur inside the tunnel, and traffic delays are expected through Dec. 13, however, no delays are scheduled during weekends or holidays.
The work is needed to clean the interior of the tunnel in addition to repairing sections of the tunnel wall, floor and ceiling. Repairs also include sealing cracks and improving the drainage system.
There will be controlled traffic and the use of pilot cars throughout the project. The schedule for traffic delays between the hours of 8 p.m. Sunday to 4:30 p.m. Friday are:
• Sunday, Sept. 8, through Sunday, Sept. 29 — Up to 30-minute delays will occur between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m., with up to 15 minute delays between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m.
• Monday, Sept. 30, through Thursday, Dec. 13 — Up to 30-minute delays between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., delays up to two hours between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., and up to 15 minutes between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m.