National Park Service and County of Tulare are partners in Mineral King Road improvement, Oak Grove Bridge renovation

During a recent visit to Three Rivers, Kuyler Crocker, county supervisor for District 1, updated plans for the 2020s to see some huge investment being made in eastern Tulare County. Some of that untold millions of dollars will be spent right here in Three Rivers as first Sequoia National Park rehabs its portion of the Mineral King Road from the park boundary at Lookout Point to the eastern terminus of the roadway in Mineral King. NPS and Tulare County

That’s more than 13 miles of one of the most breathtaking and historically significant roads in the Sierra Nevada region. The preliminary studies and survey work for that project have already been completed and reconstruction is expected to begin in 2020. NPS and Tulare County

The National Park Service’s road work will pave the way for the rehabilitation of the historic Oak Grove Bridge, built in 1923. Bids on that work are expected to go out before the end of 2020.

Then it’s Tulare County’s turn to garner the funding to complete the 12-mile portion of Mineral King Road that is the County’s responsibility. As fortune would have it, the County’s portion includes the historic Oak Grove Bridge and is the only vehicle access to the Mineral King area of Sequoia National Park and its unique Mineral King Road Cultural Landscape District. 

NPS and Tulare County

One of the two original bridge plaques that was installed on the Oak Grove Bridge 6.5 miles from Highway 198 on the Mineral King Road. The historic 97-year-old Bridge is slated to undergo extensive rehabilitation in 2021.

Then it’s Tulare County’s turn to garner the funding to complete the 12-mile portion of Mineral King Road that is the County’s responsibility. As fortune would have it, the county’s portion includes the historic Oak Grove Bridge and is the only vehicle access to the Mineral King area of Sequoia Nation Park and, its unique Mineral King Road Cultural Historic Landscape District.

One thought on “National Park Service and County of Tulare are partners in Mineral King Road improvement, Oak Grove Bridge renovation

  • January 26, 2020 at 6:11 pm
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    Based on Kuyler’s interview, it sounds like the NPS has a fund source available for improving / paving the county’s portion of the Mineral King and South Fork Roads. But the county has not yet begun to apply for any of those funds. That sounds rather odd. Kuyler didn’t give any explanation for that. It’s not like Tulare County has a surplus of road maintenance funds.

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