Monitor Pass Open May 12, 2023 – Ebbetts Pass Remains Closed

ALPINE COUNTY – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) plans to
reopen State Route 89 between Route 4 and U.S. 395 (Monitor Pass) at approximately
6:00 p.m. on Friday, May 12, 2023.

Crews have removed snow and ice, removed debris, cleared drains, and repaired a
section of Route 89 south of Markleeville that was heavily damaged by winter storms.
Caltrans crews responsible for the road reopening extend their best wishes for safe
travel to those who enjoy the recreational opportunities this region of California has to

Route 4/Ebbetts Pass and Route 108/Sonora Pass remain closed for the winter. Crews
are working 10-12 hours each day as safely and expeditiously as possible to reopen
these important Sierra routes.

Caltrans’ top goal is safety for the traveling public. Even though Monitor Pass is open,
motorists should still be prepared for emergencies as the weather and road conditions
can change rapidly.

Caltrans reminds drivers to carry chains and 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.

Caltrans sometimes will close the road when late season storms affect the region.
Visit for the latest road conditions or call our Road Condition
Hotline at (800) 427-ROAD (7623).

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