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A key road damaged in a massive rockslide at Yosemite National Park has reopened ahead of schedule

Monday, June 19th 2017, 12:53 pm EDT

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — A key road damaged in a rockslide at Yosemite National Park has reopened ahead of schedule.

Ranger Scott Gediman says more than 100 dump trucks hauled off rocks and debris after a huge chunk of a hillside came crashing down June 12. El Portal Road reopened Saturday.

The 4,000-ton (3,600-metric ton) rockslide blocked one of three popular routes into Yosemite, creating a commuting headache for hundreds of park employees and thousands of tourists who were forced to take detours.

Gediman says a 100-foot stretch of the road will be gravel, so motorists will have to slow down. The damaged road and a stone wall destroyed in the rockslide will be repaired later.

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