Road construction is scheduled to begin on a portion of the Generals Highway within and between Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks on Monday, July 8, 2019. This 16-mile Generals Highway Rehabilitation Project will take place over the next two years during the construction seasons. In year one, the expected scope consists of drainage improvements and culvert replacements.
Work will begin at the Generals Highway and Highway 180 junction (The Wye) in Kings Canyon National Park, progressing south along the Generals Highway through Sequoia National Forest, and concluding at Little Baldy Saddle in the northern area of Sequoia National Park. This project will also include repaving Wolverton Road from the intersection with the Generals Highway to the Wolverton trailhead parking lot, as well as pulverizing and repaving the 16 miles of roadway mentioned above.
All National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service areas along the construction zone will remain open throughout construction. This includes resorts, campgrounds, and organization camps.
This Generals Highway road construction project is funded by the Federal Highway Administration and is paid for by the Federal Lands Transportation Program. Steve Manning Construction Inc. was awarded the contract on April 19, 2019.
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Delays will be up to 30 minutes for the beginning of the 2019 construction season. Delays up to one hour and night closures can be expected as work progresses, and the public will be notified as those changes take place. Flaggers will control traffic. Northbound traffic passes first, followed by southbound traffic. No delays are expected on weekends and holidays.
As work progresses, there may be more than one delay along the 16-mile construction zone, but the combined duration of these delays will not exceed the expected delay times listed in the schedule. If delay times of up to 30 minutes are specified, it may be three separate 10-minute stops, or just one 30-minute stop.
The latest updates on the Generals Highway construction project and delay schedule will be posted here.
History of the Generals Highway construction project
The Generals Highway from Ash Mountain to the General Sherman Tree was completed in 1926. In 1935, the park-to-park portion of the highway was completed, connecting Sequoia and the then-General Grant National Park (present-day Kings Canyon National Park). It is the primary artery through Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.
The Generals Highway was a narrow and winding road not designed or constructed for travel by contemporary vehicles. In 1993, the design and reconstruction of the entire Generals Highway began and was completed at the end of 2018.