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No Easy Fix For Road Into Yosemite

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Bridalveil Fall, Yosemite Valley

The Merced River flows through Yosemite Valley (CBS)

FRESNO (AP) – Those who live in the mountains outside Yosemite National Park cherish the ever-changing landscape shaped by rushing water, ice and avalanches.

But since Volkwagen-size boulders buried the only all-weather highway into the park nearly five years ago, residents, tourism officials and transportation engineers have faced a serious conundrum about how to fix the road.

About 800 million tons of falling rocks and debris created a blockade so huge some tourists had to take hours-long detours to reach the valley.

Crews have since slapped up temporary bridges across the Merced River.

Now, the latest plans for a permanent passage run as high as $180 million. Options include tunneling through the rubble and building a long concrete bridge even planners say looks more suited to Los Angeles.

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