CHP holds snow play traffic meeting

  • [photo by Patric Hedlund, The Mountain Enterprise]

    [photo by Patric Hedlund, The Mountain Enterprise]

By Gary Meyer, TME

The Fort Tejon Office of California Highway Patrol hosted this year’s Operation Snowplay meeting in Lebec on Thursday, Nov. 4.

Agencies attending included Kern County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO), Kern County Public Works, Los Angeles County Public Works, Nordic Ski Patrol, Kern County Search and Rescue and Hungry Valley State Vehicular Recreation Area rangers.

Kern County Fire Department, Ventura County deputies and medevac staff didn’t make the meeting.

CHP Sergeant Michael Karr gave attendees a history of snowplay traffic, ranging from the early 1950s to present.

“When you look at the photographs from 1953 showing traffic jams just above the ‘Y’ and compare them with photos from a few years ago, you see the same thing happening,” Karr told The Mountain Enterprise.

The Kern County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on January 10, 2017 in favor of Resolution 2017-001, which authorizes…(please see below to view full stories and photographs)

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January 23-24, 2010 brought 60,000 snow visitors and an epic traffic jam on Frazier Mountain Park Road road heading to Mount Pinos. That happens every few years.

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