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Mono County Search and Rescue

Successful Mono County Mission on Mt. Morrison

Provided by the Mono County Sheriffs Department:

Search and Rescue Operation on Mount Morrison

On Friday, November 20, 2015, two hikers from Ventura, California, called 911 for help.  The two friends had attempted to summit Mt. Morrison just south of Mammoth Lakes, California, but reached a spot on a steep slope near the summit from where they were unable to continue either up or down.  The Mono County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue team responded to the trailhead at Convict Lake and sent teams into the hikers’ location.  The Search and Rescue Teams were able to assist them down from their location and escorted them back to their campsite.

Many thanks to our Search and Rescue members, who volunteer their time and expertise to safely extricate those who are in need of assistance in the back country.

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Delays on Convict Lake road Delayed

4 hour delays postponed

Update to the Convict Lake Road Project:

 The scheduled four-hour closure (for September 1 and September 2-3 (if needed) along the Convict Lake Road has been postponed. Production and shipment of the concrete slabs for the pedestrian bridge has been delayed.

The normal 30-minute delays from 7:00 am to 5:30 pm, excluding weekends and holidays, will remain in place.

The Forest Service will update you when the new scheduled four-hour closures soon. It will likely be in late September.

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Convict Lake Road Closures Coming

September Convict Lake Road Closures

from Deb Schweizer, Public Affairs officer, Inyo National Forest.

A four-hour closure for the Convict Lake Road project is scheduled to set the precast pedestrian bridge slabs. This closure will take place on September 1st from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. The following two days, September 2nd and September 3rd, have also been approved for four-hour closures. The closure would be during the same time period, and would occur only if still needed to complete the work.

The closure will begin just after the turn into the Convict Lake Marina parking area; people traveling to and from the campground will be most affected. During this time, the 30-minute delays will start on the rest of the road at 5:30 a.m. (instead of 7:00 a.m.) to insure proper staging in advance of the four-hour closure. The normal 30-minute delay schedule (7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.) will resume once this necessary work is complete.

As always, your patience is appreciated while this necessary work is completed that will significantly improve the experience in upcoming years.

As a reminder, Mono County has requested the funding and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is the lead agency for this project.  The entire roadway will be reconstructed from the intersection with Highway 395 to the day-use parking area at the end of the road on the east side of the lake.  The roadway will be widened in some spots in order to provide a consistent pavement width and a paved shoulder. A bicycle lane will be provided on the uphill side.  The road will be repaved, striped, and new regulatory and warning signs will be installed at the completion of the project.

The paved path around the east side of the lake will also be reconstructed. This project will also be overseen by FHWA. The Inyo National Forest has arranged for this project to be completed with the same contractor during the same time period as the road project.  The result will be a fully accessible paved path with hardened access points down to the lake edge.

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Convict Lake Road Construction

Reconstruction of Convict Lake Road Planned

Officials say the work will improve safety and access, while asking travelers to plan for delays.  Major reconstruction of the Convict Lake Road is planned for the summer of 2015. 

Mono County has requested the funding and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is the lead agency for this project.  The entire roadway will be reconstructed from the intersection with Highway 395 to the day-use parking area at the end of the road on the east side of the lake.  The roadway will be widened in some spots in order to provide a consistent pavement width and a paved shoulder. A bicycle lane will be provided on the uphill side.  The road will be repaved, striped, and new regulatory and warning signs will be installed at the completion of the project.

The paved path around the east side of the lake will also be reconstructed. This project will also be overseen by FHWA. The Inyo National Forest has arranged for this project to be completed with the same contractor during the same time period as the road project.  The result will be a fully accessible paved path with hardened access points down to the lake edge.

 The Convict Lake Road provides access to one of the premier scenic front country lakes on the east side and is noted for its exceptional scenery.  A campground and resort with cabins along the road are part of the recreational attraction and Convict Lake is a popular destination for fishing. There are several wilderness trailheads that start at Convict Lake as well.

It is anticipated that the work will begin in the early summer; weather dependent.  Construction is expected to last for approximately three months during the 2015 season.  While the road will remain open to traffic throughout the project, visitors may experience delays of up to 30 minutes.  Additionally, at certain times, the road may need to be closed for longer periods of time, Monday through Friday.  These closures will be planned approximately two weeks in advance so that recreationalists can plan their visit. Parking areas may be limited at times while construction work is completed.

Construction will be suspended for Memorial Day weekend, the Independence Day holiday, and Labor Day weekend. 

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