Summer is just a few days away, but Caltrans crews are still hard at work in some of California’s highest mountains. They’ve been at it for months after winter storms left the Sierra Nevada range covered in deep snow drifts.
Scroll down to take a look at some of the sights in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, California’s vast natural water reservoir that holds snowpack until it melts and runs off in the spring. The 400-mile mountain range has just a few roads and most are open by the end of May. That’s not the case this year.
Highway 120 through Yosemite National Park was still closed in mid-June. Caltrans workers began clearing the road about two months ago, but scattered snowfall continued into spring. Their work offers stunning views, but negotiating the mountain roads in large, heavy machinery isn’t easy.
“It’s spooky, it’s nerve-wracking… especially when you can’t see the road. You’re on a big sled,” Clint Weier, a maintenance superintendent with Caltrans, told The Associated Press. “Some of our operators up here have had some wow factors.
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