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The Pass Remains Closed – November 21, 2017

November 21, 2017 – Cal Trans has informed us that the pass is still closed but may open again.  They will make an asessment next week. Several factors weigh in to influence the temporary closing, seasonal closures and opening of our pass roadways.  Storms, accumulation of snow, and road conditions are all considered in the decision-making process. For the safety of motorists and Caltrans crews, continual updating of these passes will be assessed until the seasonal closure of each is decided. SR 108, Sonora Pass, is now closed for the season.

November 20, 2017 – Quick Update – The pass is still closed and we are hoping for additional snow accumulation over the next day or two. It is possible that the pass may re-open briefly if the weather is warm for any length of time but, the season closure can’t be far off.  Always check conditions before planning a trip over the mountains and be prepared for unexpected changes in the weather.

STOCKTON – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is scheduled to close State Routes 4, 108 and 120 in the Sierra Nevada today, Thursday, November 2, due to incoming inclement weather. The closures are planned as follows (subject to change depending on actual conditions):

  • State Route 4 (Ebbetts Pass) from Lake Alpine to gate #3 (west of Silver Creek campground) at 12:00 p.m.(noon)
  • State Route 108 (Sonora Pass) from Kennedy Meadows to the east side winter closure gate (west of Pickle Meadows) at 11:59 p.m. (midnight)

The partial reopening of these routes is dependent upon favorable weather.

Check ahead: Please check local highway conditions before planning to travel to the high country by visiting the Caltrans QuickMap site at quickmap.dot.ca.gov or call the Road Condition Hotline at 1-800-427-ROAD (7623). Also, the radio may be tuned to the Caltrans Highway Advisory Radio (HAR) at 530 AM, 1610 AM or 1670 AM. for information.

Be prepared: Winter weather and road conditions can change rapidly. Motorists should expect the worst conditions and be prepared when traveling in areas subject to hazardous conditions.  Caltrans reminds drivers to carry chains and to be prepared for winter driving conditions. We recommend carrying blankets, water, food, a shovel, gloves, a flashlight, and sand or kitty litter to provide traction in case your vehicle becomes stuck.

All vehicles, including those with four-wheel drive or snow tires should, additionally, carry chains/traction control devices when traveling during snowy weather.

Drivers without chains in their possession may not be allowed to proceed.  When highway signs indicate that chains are required, drivers must stop and install chains or risk being cited and fined.

CHAIN CONTROL REQUIREMENT LEVELS: 

No Restrictions – Watch for snow on pavement.

R-1:    Chains are required on all commercial vehicles (trucks or buses).  All other vehicles (cars, pick-ups, vans, etc.) must have either snow tread tires or chains on the drive axle.

R-2:    Chains are required on all vehicles except four-wheel drives with snow tread tires.  Four-wheel drive vehicles must carry chains in the vehicle.

R-3:    Chains required – ALL VEHICLES – no exceptions.

For the safety of workers and other motorists, please Be Work Zone Alert.

www.dot.ca.gov