On your next trip to the park, you’ll see some new road changes. The logic escapes me. First, Westbound traffic on North Side Drive that intend to go beyond the El Cap Crossover will have to merge prior to getting to the intersection. The left lane will be a left turn only lane. OK, that isn’t a big deal. But get ready for this, when you come into the main valley and get onto Southside Drive, effective today it’s still 2 lanes one-way but one is reserved for Valley Floor Tour trams, YARTS, commercial tour buses and emergency vehicles.
Holy cow. You think back ups were bad? Now we’ll have one lane to drive the 7-miles to Curry. NPS employees driving a government vehicle will not be able to use the bus lane unless on an emergency response mission. Concession employees and vendors will also not be able to use the bus lane except for DNC security vehicles responding to emergencies … no “fast trak” for worker bees. And how about the pull-offs to snap shots or El Cap, Bridalveil, Yosemite Falls and the Meadows. Think Bumper Cars. And what about the good-citizens who won’t go more than 20 mph? No passing. Park management is going to “test” this in summer. Sigh.
The stated goal is to “attain free flowing traffic conditions in the East Valley. A debrief will occur in June. I was at the park last July 2 and it took 2 hours to get to Curry. I am betting on backups to El Portal now. I’m not a traffic planner (although I have played one on TV), but this seems like a baaaad idea. What do you think?
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Whether you’re a brother or whether you’re a mother, you’re stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive. Feel the city breakin’ and everybody shakin’ and we’re stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive.” - R.I.P. Robin Gibb, BeeGees
MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com