Highway 89 Scenic Pass Set to Open Outside Markleeville
ALPINE COUNTY, May 11, 2023 – 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.
This is exciting news for scenic travelers, as not only in Monitor pass a favorite of locals and motorcycle riders, but the opening of Highway 89 out of Markleeville will bring much needed traffic back to Markleeville who thrives of the fishing traffic in the spring on the carson river.
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 offer. 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 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 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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