Commuter Dude: Metro neighborhoods face added traffic led by navagation systems

ATLANTA – As navigation systems get smarter, neighborhoods around metro Atlanta are searching for ways to deal with increased traffic.

In Chamblee, a section of North Shallowford Road is lined with signs begging drivers to slow down. The speed limit is 25-miles-per-hour, but neighbors say very few commuters obey the law.

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LeeAnne Zavoski has noticed more and more traffic on her street when nearby I-285 is clogged. She doesn’t know if it’s GPS devices leading the way, but she suspects that’s the case.

\“If people want to use Waze, that’s great, glad to have them,” says Zavoski of the popular GPS app.”We just appreciate slower speeds.”

Using data collected from drivers using the app, Waze will divert commuters away from slow traffic and find alternate routes. Sometimes Waze will guide you down narrow neighborhood streets to save time.

In the Brookhaven Heights sub-division, Ann Kennedy isn’t angry with Waze when the navigation tool brings drivers past her home.

“The trouble is, cut through traffic tends not to abide by speed limits, tends not to look for kids,” says Kennedy.

It’s posed a new challenge for Brookhaven and other towns. Brookhaven city councilman Bates Mattison says city leaders are considering limiting turn on certain roads. Mattison suspect this is just the beginning.

“The long term fix is addressing our corridors like Peachtree Road and North Druid Hills to make them move traffic more efficiently, and in doing that, reduce our neighborhood traffic,” says Mattison.

Brookwood Heights has 420 homes, and an average now of 4,000 car per day. Neighbors say the upside could be support for their effort to get sidewalks along their streets.