Dangerous parking at American River Confluence
Residents of the American River area are upset and fed up with the dangerous parking and driving situation on the Caltrans property on the El Dorado County side at the confluence of the North and Middle Forks of the American River . This was evident from the response the American River Community Coalition received from the approximately 1,000 residents and visitors who signed the ARCC petition to the Benipal Director of the Caltrans District 3 office. Signatories have verbalized numerous comments indicating their disgust and concern over this situation and Caltrans’ lack of action on this matter.
Drivers passing through this “accident waiting” parking lot have had enough near-misses of cars trying to find a parking spot, backing in and out of parking spots, as well as children, dogs and cars. adults entering the lane when passing vehicles. It is time for Caltrans to tackle this untenable situation which has increased by orders of magnitude, especially since the start of the COVID-19 shutdown.
This section of the Auburn State Recreation Area has been “discovered”; it’s now on smartphone apps and TV journalists are mentioning it, so it’s important that Caltrans shut down the parking lot until a manageable plan can be developed and implemented. ASRA staff have responded to the increasing parking problem, now it’s up to Caltrans to do its part.
Fire season is approaching and it promises to be a bad year. Traffic disorder regularly blocks the only northbound escape route for thousands of residents and visitors to El Dorado County.
The ARCC Board of Directors will hand deliver the petition to the director of Caltrans Benipal within the next two weeks. Caltrans created this traffic mess by allowing parking in what was originally a slow passing lane; now it’s Caltrans obligation to fix it.
The petition follows a letter written to Director Benipal three weeks ago regarding this dangerous parking problem along the American River Confluence. ARCC is still awaiting a response from Caltrans on this issue.