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Warm weather allows Airport Road to get facelift

January 6, 2012

It might just be the first time in history that it’s been possible to patch asphalt cracks in the middle of January.

Normally a job for the short summer months, roadwork in Mono County comes to a screeching halt every winter.

Except this one
.
Not only is there no snow, it’s been in the 50s and 60s during the day—warm enough to set finicky tar asphalt patches.

The funky and cracked road to the Mammoth Yosemite Airport will be getting a facelift in the next week or so, despite a bit of tug-o-war between the county supervisors Tuesday.

“I just don’t see how this $3,500 is really going to fix that road,” said Mono County Supervisor Tim Hansen, a Caltrans contractor himself. “It needs a lot more than that.”

Getting the Town of Mammoth to contribute more toward the road also came up, though with a $40 million lawsuit looming, reality wasn’t far behind.

That probably won’t happen.

Nevertheless, the majority of the supervisors agreed to move ahead with fixing the road.

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