Passes opening

By Union Democrat staff April 11, 2013 09:56 am

The Central Sierra highway passes are edging toward full opening, most ahead of schedule, due to the low amount of snowfall this winter, according to Caltrans and the National Park Service.

Highway 4 was cleared Wednesday to the closure gate at Lake Alpine, and is predicted to open fully through Ebbetts Pass by the end of April. The average opening date is mid- to late-May.

Highway 89 was opened over Monitor Pass on Wednesday, about a week before average. The highway remains closed at Lassen Loop, which typically opens one to two months later. 

Highway 108 was opened Friday to Eagle Meadows, and may open farther to Kennedy Meadows this week. It’s unknown when Sonora Pass will fully open, but so far progress seems ahead of the average mid-May schedule.

Highway 120 is predicted to open over Tioga Pass at its usual end of May date.

For the latest highway information, call the Caltrans Road Condition Hotline at 1-800-427-7623.