Light Rain, Snow Meant Crews Could Open Pass Sooner This Spring

ALPINE COUNTY – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) reopened
Monitor Pass at State Route 89 at 8 a.m. on Friday, April 9, 2021.
Crews removed snow and ice, cleared debris, and made necessary repairs to help
ensure the traveling public’s safety.
Caltrans crews responsible for the road opening extend their best wishes for safe
traveling to those who enjoy the recreational opportunities this part of California has to
offer.
Caltrans’ goal is to have all winter passes open to the public no later than the Friday
prior to Memorial Day Weekend. Late-season storms, snow accumulation and resources
sometimes can hinder this goal.
However, due to the low volume of rain and snow this year, Caltrans already has
reopened Monitor Pass and may be able to open the Sonora Pass on Route 108 in
Alpine County and Ebbetts Pass on Route 4 in Alpine, Mono and Tuolumne counties
sooner.
Our top goal is safety for the traveling public. Even though the pass is open, motorists still
should be prepared for emergencies as the weather and road conditions can change
rapidly.
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.
Caltrans sometimes will close the road when late season storms affect the region.

Visit http://www.quickmap.dot.ca.gov 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.

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