Mammoth Lakes Community Update – August 26, 2022

Reds Meadow Road scheduled to close October 11

The U.S. Forest Service will begin a tree removal operation to prepare for the upcoming reconstruction and widening of Reds Meadow Road. The work will primarily occur between Agnew Meadows and Minaret Vista starting on October 1, 2022. This will temporarily impact public access to the Reds Meadow Valley until the work is complete.

  • September 5: seasonal shuttle service to Reds Meadow ends. Please check with Eastern Sierra Transit Authority for additional information.
  • October 1: tree clearing will begin. During this time, there will be up to 30 minute traffic delays.
  • October 11: Reds Meadow Road will fully close to the public (administrative access permitted) to ensure tree removal and hauling is completed before the winter weather prevents them from doing so. Overnight parking will not be available for backpackers in Reds Meadow Valley.

The Reds Meadow Reconstruction Project, which will continue into 2024, will provide major safety and traffic improvements, made possible through a Federal Lands Access Program grant received by the Town of Mammoth Lakes.

Parks and Recreation News

  • The Whitmore Pool closes for public swimming this Sunday, August 28. Lap swim has been extended until September 9.
  • Save the Date! Parks and Recreation is excited to roll out their fall programming beginning the week of September 12. Programs will include the Wave Rave Skate Squad, Adult Soccer League, Fall Bike Squad and Gymnastics classes. On-line registration will open September 6 at 8:00am.

Mammoth Lakes and ESCOG Apply for Broadband Related Grants

The Town, in partnership with Golden State Connect Authority (GSCA), a Joint Powers Authority created by Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC), is submitting a $500,000 Local Agency Technical Assistance (LATA) Grant to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). The LATA Grant request is to fund the planning and engineering design of a network system to provide fiber connections to each address in the Town of Mammoth Lakes. The goal is to have a plan to provide access to broadband services for unserved/underserved residents and businesses. Once the design work is complete the project will be ready for a third party to implement the buildout of the fiber network. Working with GSCA there is initial interest in the project and through the leverage of additional CPUC funding the project looks promising. This will be a multi-year process.

The Eastern Sierra Council of Governments (ESCOG) has applied for Grant funds through the CPUC’s California Advanced Services Fund (CASF) to hire a Regional Broadband Coordinator to support the work of the Inyo-Mono Broadband Consortium, which broadly includes:

  • Refine and implement broadband strategies
  • Assist with grant applications and administration
  • Further the development of economic development initiatives related to broadband
  • Under the CASF the grant request may be up to $200,000 per year for a period of four years.

August/September Events

(From Town of Mammoth Lakes)

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