Press release

Bishop – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) recently completed construction of the $5.8 million Lee Vining Rockfall Safety Project. The two year project began in 2015.


The project will improve safety for the traveling public by minimizing rocks falling from steep adjacent slopes onto US Hwy 395 in Mono County, north of Lee Vining near Mono Lake, from postmile 52.3 to 53.7. The project also includes a plant establishment program on the six slopes involved to reduce erosion, establish healthy soil, and promote successful revegetation.

Stage 1 construction was completed in 2015 which addressed slopes 1, 2, 5, and 6. Stage 2 construction encompassed slopes 3 and 4 with the installation of anchored wire mesh.

Within the same area also concluded is the $2.2 million emergency construction project that was put in place on July 12, 2016 due to the Marina Fire which started on June 24th and burned 654 acres. The emergency project repaired guardrail and installed a temporary rockfall fence.

The contractor for both projects was Papich Construction Co. Inc. from Pismo Beach, CA. Construction.

Caltrans would like to extend our appreciation to motorists and residents for their patience and cooperation during the construction of the Lee Vining Rockfall Safety Project.


For the safety of workers and other motorists, please be Work Zone Alert and move over where possible for Emergency and Caltrans personnel.

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