Asked by billray784, New Berlin, WI • Fri Dec 21, 2012
I live in a suburbian town of New Berlin, WI that is 15mins SW of Milwaukee (~40,000 residents). Our small subdivision (~250 homes) has 4 streets that connect to a newly developed City Center (some businesses and some large appartment/condo complexes). The street with the most direct route (for cut through traffic) has traffic volume around 650 cars per day (measured recently by the City Engineer). Due to safety concerns of the neighbors on this street, the Alderperson (who also lives on this street) submitted a request to close the street and it was approved by our Common Council. Temporary baricades have now been installed as a test. The point of closure also cuts off two of the other through streets, so that all the traffic is flowing on ONE remaining street -- yes, my street. The effect has been a dramatic decrease in traffic in the closed streets (people are happy - feel safe again); BUT AlSO, a dramatic increase in not only traffic but speed and safety concerns on my street
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