Caltrans Begin Work to Clear Sierra Passes for Memorial Day | Photos Show Progress Made on 8,050-Feet Ebbetts Pass

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The crew uses a snow blower to clear the entrance to the campground at Mosquito lake under brilliant blue skies. Credit: Caltrans, District 10

Camp Connell Area Maintenance Supervisor Mike Johnson made his way up Ebbetts Pass (SR-4) today and sent back some photos of his Caltrans crew working their way to the east end of Mosquito Lake at the Pacific Grade Summit.

A satellite image of Mosquito Lake on the Ebbetts Pass National Scenic Byway. Credit: Caltrans, District 10

Mike reports that the snow is usually deepest at the old corrals at Sandy Meadows and that they didn’t expect to be that far along until later in the week. Warm weather and a new piece of equipment they are using this year are helping them make even better progress than anticipated.

There is some damage to the road that will need to be fixed, but at this point, he thinks they will be able to knock it out pretty quick. The crew will keep plowing towards Hermit Valley and on up to the summit of Ebbetts Pass while another crew handles the necessary repairs.

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Five-foot-high snow berms line State Route 4, the Ebbetts Pass National Scenic Byway as crews clear snow to get the road ready for the summer season. Credit: Caltrans, District 10

Ebbetts Pass itself remains closed. Caltrans strives to have all passes open by Memorial Day weekend.

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