Thursday, November 15, 2018

NEWS RELEASE- Extended Road Construction Delays and Closures This Weekend in Sequoia National Park


National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks News Release
For Immediate Release                               
Contact: Sintia Kawasaki-Yee, Public Affairs Officer
Media Contact: (559) 565-3131
E-mail: sintia_kawasaki-yee@nps.gov
  Reference Number: 8550-1871
Extended Road Construction Delays and Closures This Weekend in
Sequoia National Park
SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, Calif. November 15, 2018 –The second season of road construction along a one mile section of the Generals Highway in Sequoia National Park is winding down, and this requires some additional work to be completed before the upcoming holiday weekend.

The one mile segment of the Generals Highway between Hospital Rock and Giant Forest will be closing overnight for pavement work on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights. Daytime delays will be up to one hour on Saturday, and up to 20 minutes on Sunday. A complete schedule is provided below that includes the holiday weekend.

“There is a possibility of snow next week, and without this pavement work completed, it could create very unsafe conditions for visitors coming to enjoy the park for the holiday weekend,” said Christy Brigham, acting superintendent for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. “We try to avoid this type of work on weekends when visitation is higher, but safety is our top concern.”

After Monday, November 26 road construction delays are expected to continue until the completion of this project. More information and delay schedules are available at www.nps.gov/seki.

Construction Delay Schedule Through 11/25
Please note that the delay schedule may change at any time due to weather or emergencies. 

Friday, November 16
From 6:00 am – 7:00 am
Up to 20 minute delays. Traffic lights will control traffic, uphill traffic first.
 
From 7:00 am - 8:00 am
Up to 1-hour delay. Traffic lights will control traffic, uphill traffic first.
 
From 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Up to 2-hour delays. Pass through at 8am, 10am, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm. Uphill traffic first, downhill traffic will follow after the uphill traffic has successfully cleared the construction zone. Once both lanes of traffic have been cleared, the construction zone will close to all traffic, until the next pass through.
 
From 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Up to 1-hour delays. Traffic lights will control traffic, uphill traffic first.
 
From 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Up to 20 minute delays. Traffic lights will control traffic, uphill traffic first.

Overnight Friday from 8:00 pm – 6:00 am
Both lanes will close for 10 hours, one pass-through at 8:00 pm and another at 11:30 pm, uphill traffic first.
 
Saturday, November 17
From 6:00 am – 7:00 am
Up to 20 minute delays. Traffic lights will control traffic, uphill traffic first.
 
From 7:00 am - 8:00 am
Up to 1-hour delay. Traffic lights will control traffic, uphill traffic first.
 
From 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Up to 1-hour delays. Uphill traffic first, downhill traffic will follow after the uphill traffic has successfully cleared the construction zone. Once both lanes of traffic have been cleared, the construction zone will close to all traffic, until the next pass through.
 
From 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Up to 1-hour delays. Traffic lights will control traffic, uphill traffic first.
 
From 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Up to 20 minute delays. Traffic lights will control traffic, uphill traffic first.

Overnight Saturday from 8:00 pm – 6:00 am
Both lanes will close for 10 hours, one pass-through at 8:00 pm and another at 11:30 pm, uphill traffic first.
 
Sunday, November 18
From 6:00 am – 8:00 pm
Up to 20 minute delays. Traffic lights will control traffic, uphill traffic first.
 
Overnight Sunday from 8:00 pm – 6:00 am
Both lanes will close for 10 hours, one pass-through at 8:00 pm and another at 11:30 pm, uphill traffic first.
 
Monday, November 19 – Wednesday, November 21 at Noon
From 6:00 am – 7:00 am
Up to 20 minute delays. Traffic lights will control traffic, uphill traffic first.
 
From 7:00 am - 8:00 am
Up to 1-hour delay. Traffic lights will control traffic, uphill traffic first.
 
From 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Up to 1-hour delays. Uphill traffic first, downhill traffic will follow after the uphill traffic has successfully cleared the construction zone. Once both lanes of traffic have been cleared, the construction zone will close to all traffic, until the next pass through.
 
From 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Up to 1-hour delays. Traffic lights will control traffic, uphill traffic first.
 
From 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Up to 20 minute delays. Traffic lights will control traffic, uphill traffic first.

Overnight Monday and Tuesday from 8:00 pm – 6:00 am
Both lanes will close for 10 hours, one pass-through at 8:00 pm and another at 11:30 pm, uphill traffic first.
 
Wednesday, November 21 at Noon – Monday, November 26 at 7:00 am
Up to 20 minute delays.
 
For the most up-to-date 24-hour road conditions and advisories please call (559) 565-3341 (press 1, 1) or visit nps.gov/seki. 

22 Ft Vehicle Restriction
Vehicles longer than 22 feet are prohibited on the Generals Highway between Hospital Rock and the Giant Forest Museum. This closure will remain in effect until construction has been completed. During construction, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) will close one lane of the highway by use of K rail. This will cause the highway to be narrowed, and unable to safely accommodate vehicles over 22 feet. The highway closure is being extended to the nearest turn around locations for vehicles of that size to the south at Hospital Rock and north at Giant Forest Museum. 

Visitors with vehicles over 22 feet hoping to visit the giant sequoias are advised to enter via the hwy 180 northern entrance to these parks.
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About Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

These two parks, which lie side by side in the southern Sierra Nevada in Central California, preserve prime examples of nature’s size, beauty, and diversity. Over 2 million visitors from across the U.S. and the world visit these parks to see the world’s largest trees (by volume), grand mountains, rugged foothills, deep canyons, vast caverns, the highest point in the lower 48 states, and more. Learn more at http://www.nps.gov/seki or 559-565-3341.
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks 
47050 Generals Highway
Three Rivers, CA 93271
559-565-3341 | www.nps.gov/seki