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Police remind residents to obey construction signage

By: Kayla Dimick | West Bloomfield Beacon | Published October 18, 2019

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WEST BLOOMFIELD — According to police, numerous residents are growing frustrated with the number of vehicles cutting through neighborhoods recently.

Deputy Chief Curt Lawson, of the West Bloomfield Police Department, said police have seen a significant increase in traffic on the side streets near the roundabout at Maple Road and Middlebelt, which is under construction.

Lawson said police have received numerous complaints from residents in the area reporting increased traffic flow, along with drivers speeding through the neighborhoods, particularly on Rutledge Park Drive and Deerfield Village Drive.

On a typical day, according to officials, around 350 vehicles pass through the area, but because of the construction, numbers are approaching 7,000 vehicles per day.

Although police reminded residents on numerous occasions not to disregard traffic control devices and “no thru traffic” signs were posted, Lawson said, drivers still disobeyed them.

Lawson said that it is illegal to disobey posted traffic control devices, with a citation fee of around $125.

When the intersection was closed on Sept. 16, Lawson said police gave mostly warnings to drivers who were bypassing the signs.

On Sept. 17, following an increase in complaints from residents and a visible increase in cut-through traffic, officers started giving out tickets to the offenders, according to Lawson.

The Police Department also reached out to the navigation apps Google Maps and Waze to change the apps’ routing of drivers through the subdivisions, but were unsuccessful, Lawson said.

During the construction, police are asking residents to be patient and obey traffic laws.

“We are asking that drivers be patient and understanding. We believe that the new roundabout, when completed, will be a benefit to the overall traffic flow in the long term,” Lawson said in an email. “For now, we are asking drivers to use alternate main roads — Walnut Lake or Inkster —  and be respectful to residents who are concerned for the safety of their children with the increased traffic within their neighborhoods.”

Lawson said officers will remain in the area and continue to enforce the rules.