Voodoo Chute gets major mojo

The Voodoo Chute is among the most vexing roads in Mammoth.

Anyone who has tried navigating the steep intersection of Lakeview Boulevard and Lake Mary Road has had issues with it in the winter, when ice causes accidents, blown nerves and, last year, a broken fence protecting the Lake Mary Bike Path.

But now, because of $200,000 in state money, along with a $20,000 match in the town’s Measure U funds, Public Works Director Ray Jarvis said a solution is finally on the way.

Jarvis’ crew will begin work this summer on building a heated street, to melt the ice before the SoCal visitors get a crack at it.

“The heat will come from propane at first,” Jarvis said, “but we’ll be able to retrofit it easily to geo-thermal.
“It’s a great project, and I think our residents and visitors will appreciate the difference.”