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Confluence Parkway in Wenatchee

Post Date:03/30/2019 4:02 PM

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These paintings are provided with great thanks to Jan Cook Mack.  Jan provided an artistic representation of Confluence Parkway along the RR tracks and the new Wenatchee River Bridge. Click here to view full renderings.



The City of Wenatchee is taking the next step to address traffic congestion and safety challenges on North Wenatchee Avenue.  Confluence Parkway is the preferred option under consideration to address these considerations through providing another route and bridge across the Wenatchee River.  In 2011, the Chelan Douglas Transportation Council along with its partners developed the North Wenatchee Transportation Master Plan with broad stakeholder and public input.  As a result of this study and work with the public, a preferred solution was developed by providing a bypass to North Wenatchee Avenue as opposed to adding additional lanes on North Wenatchee Avenue or adding another Columbia River Bridge. 

The primary reasons behind this approach include the following:

  • Increased traffic capacity with an uninterrupted free flow bypass.  Based on Traffic analysis, Confluence Parkway provides additional traffic capacity to the North Wenatchee Area from approx. 40,000 cars a day to approximately 60,000 cars per day.

  • Confluence Parkway would provide direct connection to the US 97A – US 2 Interchange and Odabashian Bridge.

  • As identified in the 2011 Master Plan, increasing the number of lanes on North Wenatchee Avenue has a potential negative impact on the North Wenatchee Avenue Business District and contributes to safety problems for traffic and pedestrians.

  • Confluence Parkway would provide another access route for emergency services and evacuation.

  • Confluence Parkway provides an opportunity to help us improve the Apple Capital Loop Trail and the Horan Natural Area to make our community better. 

The City is embarking upon a very exciting opportunity to perform a detailed environmental analysis to better understand potential project impacts and determine how to mitigate and invest in enhancing the very important areas commonly known as Confluence Park, the Confluence of the Wenatchee River, the Horan Nature Trails, the Apple Capital Loop Trail, Olds Station, the North Miller and Walla Walla area, and the Riverfront Park. The City has hired KPG Engineering and Anchor Environmental to assist in performing environmental analysis.

The City of Wenatchee, in cooperation with Federal Highway Administration and Washington State Department of Transportation, is seeking input on this very important environmental work for Confluence Parkway and would like all those interested to participate in helping make our community better!

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Links and Documents:

North Wenatchee Transportation Master Plan (2011)

North Wenatchee Master Plan (2016)

2040 Regional Transportation Plan

Apple Capital Loop Grant Application Documents (Infrastructure for Rebuilding America)

North Wenatchee Avenue Project Website



Confluence Parkway Perspective

Aerial Scroll




April 10, Confluence Parkway Informational Meeting

Click here for a copy of the presentation.


Contact us:

For questions, concerns or comments email us at cpnepa@wenatcheewa.gov.