Rock Scaling to Begin Next Week on Towne Pass (State Route 190) in Death Valley National Park

Rock Scaling on Towne Pass to Begin Next Week

DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK – A rock scaling operation will begin on Monday next week on State Route 190. During this operation, the highway on the western slope of Towne Pass will be closed for up to two hours at a time during daylight hours, Monday through Friday, for the next two to three weeks. Eastbound traffic will be stopped approximately eight miles east of Panamint Valley Road. Westbound traffic will be stopped at the summit of Towne Pass. A pilot car will guide vehicles through the work area. There will be no rock scaling work on weekends, and the highway will be open without restrictions.

This rock scaling operation represents the final part of the State Route 190 repair process. The highway and surrounding area were devastated in September by multiple rainstorms that ignited flash flooding and debris flows. Because of the heavy rains, many rocks in the hillsides over Towne Pass have become loose, prompting the need for this extensive rock scaling operation.

For the latest information on highway conditions, please visit the Caltrans QuickMap website at or download the app to your smartphone. You can also call the Road Condition Hotline at 1-800-427-ROAD (7623).

For those with sensory disabilities requiring alternate formats (i.e., Braille, large print, sign language interpreter, etc.) and those needing information in a language other than English, please contact Bob Gossman at (760) 881-7145 or TTY 711.

(From Caltrans)

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