Waze is routing commuters through our residential neighborhoods! Traffic on Watkins Dr. has long been a problem. How do people know to use Watkins? Even more curious is how they know about the side street connections to Mt. Vernon to by pass the Watkins traffic. These little streets used to be the provence of local knowledge only. Now cut through traffic is a wide spread issue effecting streets all over Ward 2. Nice residential streets like Ransom, Le Conte, Country Club, and Navajo get overrun twice a day with cut-through commuter traffic.
Some of this traffic is the result of Smart Phone traffic apps like Waze. One afternoon, Kevin Dawson walked up Watkins, along the line of cars, asking drivers who had their windows rolled down if they were using a phone app; half said yes.
Our community needs to address it soon, before a city traffic engineer decrees Watkins, Le Conte, Ransom, Country Club or Navajo be reconfigured to accommodate more traffic. Kevin Dawson is willing to tackle the task.
There are ways to discourage and calm traffic but we need a councilman willing to work the problem. Kevin Dawson would be a councilman that is ready to explore creative solutions this and other neighborhood issues.