YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — A road on a busy entrance to Yosemite National Park will be reopening ahead of schedule on Saturday after a giant rockslide damaged part of it in January.

Big Oak Flat Road is part of Highway 120 linking the park with Groveland. It was pummeled by house-sized boulders during a winter storm. Park road crews cleared the rocks quickly, but the roadbed was in need of repairs.

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Work began last month, and park officials had expected it might take until Easter.

But mild winter weather allowed crews to work around the clock to make the road passable. Minor repairs remain unfinished, but park officials say they likely won’t disrupt traffic.

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The reopening is welcome news for hotels and restaurants near the gate that suffer when traffic is disrupted.


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