Caltrans – U.S. 395 Closed Due to Avalanche Concerns

 

BISHOP – Caltrans District 9 has closed a portion of U.S. 395 due to avalanche concerns. The highway is closed through Walker Canyon, from the junction of State Route 108 at Sonora Junction to East Side Lane in Walker. State Route 182 is open as an alternative route. The closure is expected to last until Sunday morning. Caltrans will post updates on this closure to its social media channels on Twitter and Facebook.

For the latest information on conditions on the California State Highway System, please visit the Caltrans QuickMap website at quickmap.dot.ca.gov or download the app to your smartphone. You can also call the Road Condition Hotline at 1-800-427-ROAD (7623).

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Jubie
Jubie
6 days ago

That’ll teach ya Sierra Wave! Just reporting a closure and people have to get into arguments! LMAO!!

David Dennison
David Dennison
10 days ago

This is going to be a LONG Winter, as far as road closures go. Seems nowdays, this day and age, everytime it rains or snows a bit, the answer is .. SHUT THE HIGHWAY DOWN !! Makes we wonder how us old-timers drove and were able to survive all these… Read more »

Pedro
Pedro
10 days ago
Reply to  David Dennison

David Dense Again, This story is about avalanche control, not how much snow is on the road now. You know the tons of loose material above you, ready to slide and take you with it into the river? “Old timers” were practicing avalanche control before any of us were born.… Read more »

David Dennison
David Dennison
9 days ago
Reply to  Pedro

Pedro It might be a good idea for you to open your eyes and learn to read. The story seems to have nothing to do with “avalanche control ” measures taking place, therefore temporarily shutting down the highway. The story says the “authorities” stating Avalanche CONCERNS.. More so, just another… Read more »

mono resident
mono resident
8 days ago
Reply to  David Dennison

Denny – The trans Sierra passes that remain open in the winter have devices in place to perform avalanche control. There is no such infrastructure in the Walker Canyon. It might be a good idea for you to open your mind and learn to think.

Pedro
Pedro
5 days ago
Reply to  David Dennison

Containment and separation are often steps in hazard control processes.

Ask a Parent
Ask a Parent
7 days ago
Reply to  Pedro

Thanks Pedro for putting dense in his place. He has probably only lived here for the mild weather. But he’s an old timer, he knows when its safe….

David Dennison
David Dennison
7 days ago
Reply to  Ask a Parent

Ask a Parent. I can promise you this….. When I moved to the OV many years ago getting here when and how I did… And then after I finally settled, got a job and getting things going, weather I dealt with, on the jobs that I got , as well… Read more »

Last edited 7 days ago by David Dennison
mono resident
mono resident
5 days ago
Reply to  David Dennison

https://archive.seattletimes.com/archive/?date=19930107&slug=1678699

This couple tried to bypass a closed Hwy 80. Since they did survive their stupidity they filed a lawsuit. My guess is that you, Mr Dennison, would be one of the first in line at the courthouse if you or your family were injured or killed by road conditions.

David Dennison
David Dennison
4 days ago
Reply to  mono resident

mono resident
I’m throwing the B.S. flag on the ground and at you….again…
No lawsuit filed by the Stolpa family that I can find…
Only a movie-deal about this 1993 incident that got them lots of money…

Ask a Parent
Ask a Parent
1 day ago
Reply to  mono resident

As Columbo used to say, just one more thing, all though no one is probably reading but me and DD, from what I could find, the Stolpa’s made their money by selling their story for a movie, not a lawsuit.

Ask a Parent
Ask a Parent
4 days ago
Reply to  David Dennison

And, what year was that honey?

David Dennison
David Dennison
3 days ago
Reply to  Ask a Parent

…Ask a Parent 2000..getting away from bad habits and a lousy life..a 1,000 mile Winter drive that took 43 days with truck problems, running out of money, gas and things along the way, including a 2 week “vacation ” in an abandoned sub-freezing Bridgeport campground…and then another 4 + months… Read more »

Ask a Parent
Ask a Parent
2 days ago
Reply to  David Dennison

Uphill, both ways, in the snow…Kudos Bert. For the record, and those interested in justice, the Sheet has reported on the Lone Pine accident.

David Dennison
David Dennison
2 days ago
Reply to  Ask a Parent

You would’ve lasted a day….maybe two …

mono resident
mono resident
9 days ago
Reply to  David Dennison

https://www.kolotv.com/2021/01/28/caltrans-snow-plow-driver-caught-in-several-avalanches-on-us-395/

but hey – if sitting in the river in January waiting for rescue sounds like a fun time maybe you should go to work for Caltrans

Slopecarver1982
Slopecarver1982
8 days ago
Reply to  mono resident

Speaking of snow plow accidents, I am surprised the story of the recent incident where a snow plow ran over the people in mammoth has not been a story. I guess they want to protect mammoth mountain. So much for transparent journalism.

BobK
BobK
8 days ago

Kind of like the attempted murder near Crestview this summer. Not a word from the local “news”

David Dennison
David Dennison
7 days ago
Reply to  BobK

BobK
Not the medias fault if they don’t get the story and incident…locals and LE gotta protect tourism $$$$$ above all else and their visiting in “shangri-la “….

Ask a Parent
Ask a Parent
7 days ago
Reply to  BobK

Kind of like the Mammoth resident that ran over the truck driver in Lone Pine…

David Dennison
David Dennison
7 days ago
Reply to  Ask a Parent

Ask a Parent That was a very grotesque accident …. And not really anyone’s else’s business to what happened or the facts of it. Why would Law Enforcement, the media or anyone else want to put it out there, and even more-so, why would anyone want to even know about… Read more »

Last edited 7 days ago by David Dennison
Short Memories
Short Memories
5 days ago
Reply to  David Dennison

Really Dennis? You are criticizing the internet chatter and rumor mill after saying it’s ok as long as it’s just talked about around town? I’ll also refer you to your reply to Steve back when Sierra Wave posted the press release and how you repeated through internet chatter what was… Read more »

Rick O'Brien
Rick O'Brien
4 days ago
Reply to  David Dennison

IMO , the story about the trucker getting killed , it just MIGHT make someone think twice about crossing 395 on foot at an uncontrolled intersection , especially on just entering one of the small towns in the OV . I saw a photo of a friend of mine who… Read more »

David Dennison
David Dennison
4 days ago
Reply to  Rick O'Brien

Rick Understood…but.. It seems, just ANOTHER form of babysitting and hoping others might learn a lesson….which they won’t… Common sense tells me to be really extra careful when crossing HWY 395 and the numerous speeders 24/7 seven days a week, sometimes WELL over 75 MPH in that area…into and out… Read more »

Ask a Parent
Ask a Parent
4 days ago
Reply to  David Dennison

I hope your babysitter quits!

Ask a Parent
Ask a Parent
4 days ago
Reply to  David Dennison

Dear Dense Dennison, I worked on the dry lake for over 20 years, I have friends in South County, I used to have nightmares about my commute to and from Bishop, mostly about getting head-oned when a lot of the highway was still two lane. Lee’s was a lunch stop… Read more »

David Dennison
David Dennison
3 days ago
Reply to  Ask a Parent

Ask an idiot Gotta be the dumbest comment ever coming from you or anyone else… I’m the biggest opponent to speeders coming from the south or heading back home through the OV towns… I used to do occasional accident clean-ups in our area, What does “concern” have to do with… Read more »

Joseph Frank
Joseph Frank
9 hours ago
Reply to  David Dennison

People want to know why the (well-connected) driver, traveling way over the speed limit, has not been charged with anything for killing the truck driver.