State Route 136 to Remain Closed due to Flooding



State Route 136 to Remain Closed due to Flooding

INYO COUNTY — The closure on State Route 136 east of Lone Pine does not have an estimated time for a reopening as water continues to flood the highway from the Owens River. Flood waters from the spring runoff fluctuate throughout the day within the closure, which is between the junction of U.S. 395 and Dolomite Loop Road, and there is concern that the continuous water flow is potentially undercutting the highway. The National Weather Service forecasts the strongest period of mountain runoff will happen at the end of June or early July.

Until flood waters subside and Caltrans can inspect the highway, the closure will remain in place for all vehicles. State Route 190 out of Olancha is the alternate route for drivers trying to reach the town of Keeler or Death Valley National Park.

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Greg Weirick
Greg Weirick
3 months ago

Curious that dwp continues to release enough water to allow that to flood? They can gauge how much creeks are adding to their release from Tinnemaha and act accordingly! Even if they are on the hook for damages to a state hwy, why is this being allowed to impact commerce… Read more »