ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Looking to alleviate congestion leading up to a popular trail, a big addition for the Mat-Su valley is set to open Monday.
More than 20,000 people visit the West Butte Trail each year, making it the areas most popular trailhead, according to a release from Mat-Su borough officials.
Officials said the busy trial head has caused problems for residents and trail users.
"A lot of times it is really hard to get a spot over there. It is crowded and there is very minimal parking," Danielle Boensch, a West Butte hiker said.
The current parking lot has limited parking and trail users are known to park on the sides of the road.
Lisa Archibald lives next to the trailhead.
She said the overflow and illegal parking can sometimes make it difficult for emergency vehicles to access the trailhead and homes.
"It was poorly planned to put it lightly. It got way more popular than I think they ever expected," Archibald said.
The Borough said the total cost to add the 70 additional spots comes in at $251,336.
"Which includes the purchase of an acre of private land opposite the present parking lot off Mothershead Lane," according to the Mat-Su Borough's website.
Our attempts to reach Mat-Su Borough officials for on-camera interview requests on Sunday were not successful.