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Yosemite's Arch Rock Entrance initiates traffic and safety program tomorrow

This photo provided by the National Park Service shows a  plume of dust at Yosemite National park after a rock slide Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2009.
This photo provided by the National Park Service shows a plume of dust at Yosemite National park after a rock slide Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2009. National Park Service,

Yosemite National Park has teamed up with the California Department of Transportation and the Highway Patrol to launch a pilot program on April 26, to address traffic congestion and visitor safety at the Arch Rock Entrance Station.

Vehicles entering the park through Highway 140 will be queued approximately 5 miles east of the Ferguson Slide Bridges, in El Portal. They will then be sent, incrementally, to allow for minimal delays at the Arch Rock Entrance Station.

The program will greatly reduce the number of vehicles stopped in the rockfall zone along El Portal Road, enhancing safety and access to the park.

The program begins April 26-29 and continues through May 3-6 from the hours of 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

The park has implemented several pilot programs in the past, designed to improve access to parking and traffic flow inside the park.

Last February, the park implemented a plan at Horsetail Fall to manage parking and provide improved access. Over the past two summers the park has also applied programs to offer reserved parking in Yosemite Valley.

According to park officials, the goal is to reduce traffic and improve visitor experience by gathering data from these programs and the knowledge gained will be integrated and implemented in the near future.



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