Congestion during the morning and afternoon commute on the freeways and major arterials like Sunrise Boulevard has caused traffic to spill onto neighborhood streets, especially with the increased use of cellphone navigation applications (i.e. Waze, Google Maps, etc.) Smart phone navigation applications direct traffic onto roadways based on minimal travel time, even to save a minute or less, regardless of the roadway type. Widening local roadways, like Old Auburn Road, may induce additional commute traffic. The proposed improvements need to be a balance between accommodating local access and not inducing additional cut-through traffic.
The lane reduction creates a cost effective way to increase the facilities for safer walking and biking which has the potential to shift shorter local trips to a more active mode, such as allowing residents to walk/bike to school or work, thus reducing the number of cars on the corridor.