Traffic reduced to one lane near Leavenworth trailheads
Posted on Thursday, June 11th, 2020 at 7:43 pm
WENATCHEE, WA – On Thursday, the U.S. Forest Service warned drivers about overcrowding the roads near the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, as hundreds of parked cars have reduced traffic to one lane.
Over the past two weeks, more people have been visiting the trails near Leavenworth. However, this increase in visitors has overwhelmed the parking that is available at the trailheads. When no trailhead parking is available, drivers have begun parking their vehicles on both sides of Eightmile Road.
Chris Bentley, who works for the National Park, explained that hundreds of cars are parking on the street, despite “No Parking” signs posted along the road. The overflow of vehicles has reduced traffic on Eightmile Road to a single lane.
Bently states that this situation is dangerous for drivers and pedestrians on the road. Most importantly, the decreased space may block emergency vehicles from reaching their destination.
The U.S. Forest Service is asking visitors to drive to a different part of the forest if there is no parking available at the trailheads.
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