ALPINE, TUOLUMNE, MONO AND INYO COUNTIES –May 15, 2019 – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will close State Route 89 (SR-89) over Monitor Pass on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 10:00 p.m.
This pre-emptive closure is based on a Winter Storm Warning predicting snow at high elevations for the safety of motorists and Caltrans crews. A Winter Storm Warning for snow means there will be snow covered roads and limited visibility. Travel is not recommended while the warning is in effect from midnight tonight until 6:00 a.m. on Friday, May 17, 2019. There is no estimate for when the route will reopen.
Below is a comprehensive status update on the condition on the east and west Sierra Nevada mountain range and its passes for the traveling public.
State Route 4 (Ebbetts Pass) is closed for the winter.
State Route 108 (Sonora Pass) is closed for the winter.
State Route 120 West (Tioga Pass) is closed for the winter.
State Route 120 East (Mono Mills) is open at this time.
State Route 158 North (June Lake Loop) is open at this time.
State Route 168 West (Bishop Creek) is open at this time.
State Route 270 (Bodie Road) is open at this time.
Several factors weigh in to influence the temporary closing, opening and seasonal closures of our pass roadways. Storms, accumulation of snow, and road conditions are all considered in the decision-making process by Caltrans leadership. In the case of SR-120, Yosemite National Park leadership confers with Caltrans to coordinate the opening and closing of park entrance gates. For the safety of motorists and Caltrans crews, continual updating of these passes will be assessed until the seasonal opening of each is decided. For the latest road condition information, call the Caltrans Road Condition Hotline at