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Re: Yosemite National Park to Temporarily Close Day-Use Parking Area

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avatar Yosemite National Park to Temporarily Close Day-Use Parking Area
August 31, 2016 03:51PM
Project will Improve Parking and Traffic Circulation for Visitors to Yosemite Valley

Yosemite National Park will close a day use parking area in Yosemite Valley on the evening of Monday September 5, 2016 to improve parking and traffic circulation. The parking area, also known as the Village Day-Use Parking Area (south) or Camp 6, will reopen this winter. Visitor parking will be available at the Yosemite Falls parking area west of Yosemite Valley Lodge and at Half Dome Village. All overnight parking at campgrounds and lodging will remain open. All visitor facilities, including campgrounds, hotels, restaurants and stores will remain open and operational during construction.

Road closures and detours in traffic flow throughout Yosemite Valley will change as the project progresses. For the duration of the project, please be aware of your surroundings, reduce vehicle speeds as posted, and follow directional signs posted throughout Yosemite Valley to your destination. Visitors to Yosemite National Park are encouraged to park at Yosemite Falls parking area or Half Dome Village, and ride the free park shuttle to destinations throughout Yosemite Valley. Visitors are also highly encouraged to use the Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System (YARTS) bus service to get into Yosemite Valley. www.yarts.com

Beginning on September 6, these temporary road closures will be in place throughout Yosemite Valley:
  • Sentinel Drive will be closed at Sentinel Parking Area
  • Northside Drive will become a two-way road at El Capitan Crossover
  • Southside Drive will become a two-way road at El Capitan Crossover
  • Tour Buses, RVs, and all oversized vehicles will be directed to park at the day use area west of Yosemite Lodge.
This project launches a multi-year effort in Yosemite Valley designed to improve vehicle circulation and reduce congestion, increase parking efficiency, create a sense of arrival to Yosemite Village, eliminate hazardous conditions for pedestrians, and reduce the footprint of the Yosemite Village parking area. The parking area will move farther from the Merced River, allowing restoration of 1.2 acres of wetland habitat.

During the temporary closure, the park will also realign a segment of Northside Drive south of the parking area and construct a roundabout to improve traffic circulation. New pedestrian pathways and a new shuttle bus stop and shelter will be constructed. Improvements to the Yosemite Falls parking area and the Camp 4 parking area will follow in Spring 2017.

This project, and subsequent projects to be implemented over the next several years, were approved in the 2014 Record of Decision for the Merced Wild and Scenic River Final Comprehensive Management Plan (Merced River Plan). The plan addresses management of the Merced River and facilities and visitor use within the river corridor.

Additional Merced River Plan projects have been initiated or completed since 2014. These include riverbank restoration at Lower Pines and North Pines Campgrounds, ecological restoration in Ahwahnee Meadow, construction of a parking area to the west of Yosemite Lodge, and relocating the Recreation Center facilities at Half Dome Village.

Yosemite National Park celebrated its 125th Anniversary last year and is currently celebrating the Centennial of the National Park Service. The park welcomes over four million visitors from around the world each year and serves as a strong economic engine for the region and local communities. Yosemite National Park generates $535 million in economic benefit to the local region and directly supports 6,261 jobs. The park is home to Yosemite Falls, the tallest waterfall in North America, iconic rock formations such as Half Dome and El Capitan, approximately 90 different mammal species, and over 1,500 plant species.
avatar Re: Yosemite National Park to Temporarily Close Day-Use Parking Area
September 01, 2016 05:05PM

Detours begin September 6, 2016 and are subject to change. Follow traffic signs and reduce speed. No parking is available at the Valley Visitor Center: park in designated lots and use the free shuttle.
Re: Yosemite National Park to Temporarily Close Day-Use Parking Area
September 01, 2016 06:45PM
TY for the map.
avatar Re: Yosemite National Park to Temporarily Close Day-Use Parking Area
September 09, 2016 06:33PM
Just had my first experience with the new road layout. Kinda weird to tell the truth. But it worked.
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September 10, 2016 10:13AM
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Bearproof
Just had my first experience with the new road layout. Kinda weird to tell the truth. But it worked.

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Re: Yosemite National Park to Temporarily Close Day-Use Parking Area
September 15, 2016 09:54AM
The valley roads used to switch between two way traffic and one way traffic, from winter to summer seasons. You had to watch the signs carefully in the shoulder seasons and we just usually kept in the habit of heading east on the southside drive and heading west on the northside drive. ( And staying in the right hand lane.)


edit...Oh Boy...a roundabout?



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 09/15/2016 09:56AM by hikerchick395.
Re: Yosemite National Park to Temporarily Close Day-Use Parking Area
September 15, 2016 01:11PM
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hikerchick395
Oh Boy...a roundabout?

Let me guess: it'll be a roundabout with stop signs.
avatar Re: Yosemite National Park to Temporarily Close Day-Use Parking Area
September 15, 2016 01:59PM
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basilbop
Let me guess: it'll be a roundabout with stop signs.

Or worse!

Re: Yosemite National Park to Temporarily Close Day-Use Parking Area
September 15, 2016 06:09PM
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hikerchick395
The valley roads used to switch between two way traffic and one way traffic, from winter to summer seasons. You had to watch the signs carefully in the shoulder seasons and we just usually kept in the habit of heading east on the southside drive and heading west on the northside drive. ( And staying in the right hand lane.)


edit...Oh Boy...a roundabout?
I hate roundabouts since most people in the US have no idea how to use them.
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September 15, 2016 08:24PM
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parklover
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hikerchick395
The valley roads used to switch between two way traffic and one way traffic, from winter to summer seasons. You had to watch the signs carefully in the shoulder seasons and we just usually kept in the habit of heading east on the southside drive and heading west on the northside drive. ( And staying in the right hand lane.)


edit...Oh Boy...a roundabout?
I hate roundabouts since most people in the US have no idea how to use them.

Whatda you mean? Everybody knows it's "STOP" before entering.



Old Dude
Re: Yosemite National Park to Temporarily Close Day-Use Parking Area
September 17, 2016 02:07PM
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mrcondron
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parklover
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hikerchick395
The valley roads used to switch between two way traffic and one way traffic, from winter to summer seasons. You had to watch the signs carefully in the shoulder seasons and we just usually kept in the habit of heading east on the southside drive and heading west on the northside drive. ( And staying in the right hand lane.)


edit...Oh Boy...a roundabout?
I hate roundabouts since most people in the US have no idea how to use them.

Whatda you mean? Everybody knows it's "STOP" before entering.
I guess that I must be in areas where no one knows what to do. LOL For those that don't, here is a good website with explanations. https://learningcenter.statefarm.com/auto/safety/driving-the-modern-roundabout/
Re: Yosemite National Park to Temporarily Close Day-Use Parking Area
September 16, 2016 09:05AM
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hikerchick395
The valley roads used to switch between two way traffic and one way traffic, from winter to summer seasons. You had to watch the signs carefully in the shoulder seasons and we just usually kept in the habit of heading east on the southside drive and heading west on the northside drive. ( And staying in the right hand lane.)

When was that happening?
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