El Portal Well Rehabilitation
Construction of a new booster pump station in El Portal began on Monday, April 3. Initial efforts will include demolition of the existing booster pump station and construction of a new pump house. Interruptions to water service in El Portal are not planned at this time. (R. Hall)
Power Outages Planned April 3-14
PG&E will be performing needed repairs to the Exchequer Yosemite transmission line near Briceburg, beginning on Monday, April 3rd. This will require the transmission line to be offline for twelve (12) consecutive days. The repairs are planned to occur from 7am April 3rd through April 14th. This will affect Arch Rock and Yosemite Valley. Residents and park personnel should plan accordingly.
It is anticipated there will be two 8-hour outages, the first planned for Monday, April 3rd, to install the temporary power generation, and a second on April 14th, to return to normal commercial power. These dates and times may be changed, and outages may need to be extended. It is unknown if the PG&E temporary generators installed in Yosemite Valley will effectively maintain power for the duration of the repairs.
NPS Utilities, High Voltage, is working with PG&E to prevent an extended outage. This will require installation of temporary power generation in Yosemite Valley, provided by PG&E. PG&E is planning to install multiple large generators staged in the Valley Administrative Area near the new cellular tower and Bear Management Offices. The decibel output rating for the generators is 87db at 3 feet. These generators will run continuously to provide power to Yosemite Valley. Arch Rock will also have a generator running continuously during the outage. (A. Shapiro)
Wawona Road Curb Repairs
April 3rd thru May 3rd crews will be completing spot repairs with asphalt grinding and curb replacement along Wawona Road between Chinquapin and the Rostrum. Crews will be working from 7AM to 5PM (Monday thru Friday) with single lane traffic control and up to 15 minute traffic delays. (M. Pieper)
El Portal Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation – Phase 1
Mar 27 to Mar 31: Contractor will complete sewerline installation on Rail Rd (north of Motor Inn Cabins). Bypass system pump will operate Monday through Friday (24/7). Construction Hours: M-F 9:00AM – 5:30PM. Traffic Control is not expected this week. Pedestrian Detours: The stairs behind Nature Bridge will be closed for the duration of the project. Please observe pedestrian detour signs. Additional information available at the Construction Update Boards located at the Post Office, El Portal Market, and the Project Office Trailer (parking lot west of Nature Bridge). For any questions or concerns, please contact Jamie Richards at email@example.com. (Y. Lugo)
Emergency Services Complex
Construction continues. Insulation is nearly complete and wall and ceiling finishes are being applied; electrical and telecom cables are being pulled; mechanical control systems are being installed. Siding and roofing is being installed as weather allows. Completion is expected in the spring. (K. White)
Sara Dolan will be acting Program Manager for Cultural Resources until April 4. She can be reached at 379-1308.
Rob Grasso will be acting Branch Chief of Wildlife until April 21. He can be reached at 379-1438.
Heather Huppe will be acting Branch Chief of VUSS until April 21. She can be reached at 379-1434.
Heather Boothe will be acting Hetch Hetchy Program Manager and Yosemite Conservancy Liaison until May 15. She can be reached at 372-0238.
Sally Kintner will be acting Volunteer Program Manager until May 15. She can be reached at 379-1850.
Kristin Kirschner will be acting SAR Coordinator until mid June. She can be reached at 372-0216.
Joe Meyer will be acting Division Chief for Resources Management and Science until further notice. He can be reached at 379-1185.
Scott Carpenter will be acting Division Chief for Resources Management and Science until further notice. He can be reached at 379-1314 or 379-1060.
Josh Keyes will be acting Utilities Branch Chief until further notice. He can be reached at 379-1077.
Sheri Ogden will be acting Division Chief of BRM until further notice. She can be reached at 372-0316.
Ron Gaunt will be acting Division Chief of Project Management until further notice. He can be reached at 379-1027.
Sabrina Diaz will be acting Division Chief of Interpretation & Education until further notice. She can be reached at 372-0291 or 347-0113.
R. Brad Lewis will be acting Branch Chief of Design and Construction for Project Management until further notice. He can be reached at 379-1006.
Garrett Dickman will be acting Park Botanist until further notice. He can be reached at 379-3282.
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