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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.

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.

Committee staff teach about Mono Lake every day
The project area is highlighted in orange, above.

Committee staff teach about Mono Lake every day
A closer look at the project area, courtesy of Caltrans.


Related links

Lee Vining rockfall safety project website

California highway information website


For more information

Lisa Cutting
Policy Director
Mono Lake Committee
(760) 647-6595

Florene Trainor
Caltrans Public
Information Officer
(760) 872-5235

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