There is a new escort schedule through the closure on U.S. 395 between Lee Vining and State Route 167. Starting now, the new daily escort schedule for the road between Mammoth and Tahoe, better known as the Ice Cream Highway, is as follows:
- 7:00 am to 7:00 pm: Escorts in both directions approximately every half hour.
- 7:00 pm to 7:00 am: Both lanes open without escort.
Since emergency work began, crews have done more than remove snow and debris from the highway. A badly damaged guardrail and K-rail have been repaired and replaced through the closure area, and an embankment demolished by avalanches more than a month ago was rebuilt. With that work complete, crews have removed the heavy equipment from the roadway to facilitate this new escort schedule.
There is still repair work within the closure area, mainly on the rock fencing. Crews will work daily from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm until the repairs are complete and the highway can fully reopen.
Caltrans will post updates on road closures to its social media channels on Twitter and Facebook. Before leaving home, check Quickmap.dot.ca.gov for the latest road conditions, including chain control restrictions. You can also call the Road Condition Hotline at 1-800-427-ROAD (7623).