Caltrans' Lee Vining rockfall safety
project on Highway 395
During summer 2015 and 2016, travelers along Highway 395 near Old Marina saw Caltrans working on the roadcut slopes in an effort to reduce rocks falling on the road. The project will also improve the scenic views in the long-term, through successful revegetation of the slopes.
Current traffic delays: Delays of up to 20 minutes just north of Lee Vining due to construction work, 6:00am to 5:00pm, Monday through Saturday.
Schedule: The rockfall project work is projected to be finished in mid-November 2016. At that point the five-year revegation phase is the only part of the project that continues.
- Caltrans rockfall project updates
Update #1 (3/16/15)
Update #2 (4/6/15)
Update #3 (4/27/15)
Update #4 (5/20/15)
Update #5 (6/9/15)
Update #6 (7/10/15)
Update #7 (8/10/15)
Update #8 (7/2/16)
Update #9 (9/3/16)
- Mono Lake Newsletter articles
- Rockfall project: Final construction season
(2016 Summer Newsletter, page 11)
Rockfall project buttoned up for winter
(2015 Fall Newsletter, page 11)
Caltrans rockfall project now in progress
(2015 Summer Newsletter, page 8)
Caltrans' rockfall project on 395 to begin this year
(2015 Summer Newsletter, page 18)
Policy notes: Caltrans rockfall project planning advances
(2014 Fall Newsletter, page 12)
Caltrans' rockfall project to begin in 2015
(2014 Summer Newsletter, page 7 & 25)
Policy notes: Test plots to inform larger Caltrans rockfall project
(2014 Winter & Spring Newsletter, page 12)
Policy notes: Lee Vining Test Plot project underway
(2013 Fall Newsletter, page 12)
Caltrans rockfall project rolling along
(2013 Spring & Summer Newsletter, page 6)
Caltrans' (not just a) rockfall project
(2012 Fall Newsletter, page 3, 4, & 9)
Policy notes: Caltrans' rockfall project rolling along
(2012 Summer Newsletter, page 10)
Proposed Caltrans project to address rock fall
(2012 Winter & Spring Newsletter, page 8)
- Mono-logue news and updates
Highway project starts today (5/4/15)
A naturalist's view of the Caltrans rockfall project: Spiders, cranes, and giant tube worms (7/27/15)
Caltrans Rockfall Project work suspended for the rest of the year; no more traffic delays north of Lee Vining (8/14/15)
Caltrans quickly shifts gears from Rockfall Project to addressing Marina Fire impacts (7/14/16)
The Mono Lake Committee has been working with Caltrans to ensure that the project be conducted in an ecologically sensitive way, resulting in no water quality impacts and much-improved visual quality once the revegetation component of the project is complete.
The project is addressing six rockfall slopes along the highway, with three slopes receiving rock removal and revegetation, and three receiving rock removal, anchored mesh, and revegetation. The project area will look worse before it looks better, improving considerably in the long run.
The project area is highlighted in orange, above.
A closer look at the project area, courtesy of Caltrans.