Cars filled up the free parking along Highway 49 instead — a familiar sight during the warm months for the popular Western Slope destination — prompting officials to close those parking areas as well.
Even during a potentially life-threatening pandemic, officials couldn’t keep hikers and bikers away.
Visitors and residents alike know what a pain parking and traffic in the area can be. Now, efforts may be underway to increase parking capacity near the Confluence in the months and years following the statewide state-at-home order.
District 2 Supervisor Lori Parlin said in a Facebook post last week that the El Dorado County Transportation Commission is expected to look into grants to “investigate issues and opportunities on (Highway) 49 from Cool to the Confluence,” including “parking, truck traffic and pedestrian safety.”
The commission is partnering with El Dorado County, Caltrans, Placer County Transportation Planning Agency, city of Auburn, Placer County and State Parks to find a solution to the parking issues plaguing the area.
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