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Confluence Parkway (Wenatchee, WA)
« on: June 15, 2023, 05:37:32 PM »

Wenatchee has been inching towards construction of the Confluence Parkway, a new downtown highway that would bypass a section of SR 285 and directly connect with US 97A. It includes a new bridge over the Wenatchee River, connections to the Apple Capital Loop Trail, and an interesting intersection:

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Re: Confluence Parkway (Wenatchee, WA)
« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2023, 01:32:29 PM »

Would any homes or businesses be torn down to construct this Confluence Parkway?
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Re: Confluence Parkway (Wenatchee, WA)
« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2023, 01:41:07 PM »

Would any homes or businesses be torn down to construct this Confluence Parkway?

According to the environmental assessment (p. 16), the affected properties are: 3 residential structures (which are actually businesses), a warehouse, 3 retail businesses, a Taco Bell drive-thru, and a historic Denny's.
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Re: Confluence Parkway (Wenatchee, WA)
« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2023, 02:01:45 PM »

So, will this be a local highway owned by Wenatchee and East Wenatchee or owned by Chelan County and Douglas County? (In similar vein to Kittitas Highway in Kittitas County.) Or will it end up being a numbered highway belonging to WSDOT?
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Re: Confluence Parkway (Wenatchee, WA)
« Reply #4 on: June 22, 2023, 02:11:36 PM »

So, will this be a local highway owned by Wenatchee and East Wenatchee or owned by Chelan County and Douglas County? (In similar vein to Kittitas Highway in Kittitas County.) Or will it end up being a numbered highway belonging to WSDOT?

Considering that it doesn't cross the Columbia River, it'll be Wenatchee and/or Chelan County. WSDOT has no reason to request the legislature to make it a state highway, as they wouldn't for other urban arterials.
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« Reply #5 on: June 22, 2023, 02:35:11 PM »

I figured WSDOT owning it would be the most unlikely option of what I asked.
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Re: Confluence Parkway (Wenatchee, WA)
« Reply #6 on: June 23, 2023, 03:26:08 PM »

a historic Denny's.
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Re: Confluence Parkway (Wenatchee, WA)
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Re: Confluence Parkway (Wenatchee, WA)
« Reply #8 on: August 15, 2023, 02:05:48 AM »

I've often thought about Wenatchee and how it might evacuate in a wildfire emergency.  Paradise, CA and Lahania, HI just last week show the risks of having only 1 or 2 ways out.

Wenatchee currently only has 2 ways out.  This project would add a 3rd.  This seems like a good idea for that reason alone.
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Re: Confluence Parkway (Wenatchee, WA)
« Reply #9 on: August 15, 2023, 02:13:30 AM »

I've often thought about Wenatchee and how it might evacuate in a wildfire emergency.  Paradise, CA and Lahania, HI just last week show the risks of having only 1 or 2 ways out.

Wenatchee currently only has 2 ways out.  This project would add a 3rd.  This seems like a good idea for that reason alone.

Wenatchee did get hit with a wildfire in 2015 that burned homes in the western sprawl. If a larger fire in the same area were to spread east, both northern exits would be cut off anyway.

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