153 Whittemore Ave Cambridge, Massachusetts
I have noticed in the past 2 weeks that there has been serious enforcement of the "Do not enter between 3 and 7 pm" sign for right turns from Alewife Brook Parkway onto Whittemore Ave. This sign, along side a recent increase in enforcement, seems to be severely restrictive for any employees of Alewife Center or residents of this area wishing to enter or leave the neighborhood. As a result, traffic in the area has gone from bad to worse, and what was once a 10-15 minute delay has become a 30-40+ minute standstill.
The general attitude I have seen from the many new residents suggests that this sign and the traffic resulting from it does not help anyone, rather exacerbating a problem that was minor prior to this recent enforcement.
The signage, which has been up since the 1980's, as the result of a 1970's traffic study, is severely out of date, and does not reflect the rapidly changing demographics of the neighborhood. Once a primarily industrial area with few inward commuting residents in the afternoon, there is now a massive influx of drivers who need to get to their homes every evening. In the past two years, there have been over 100 new units, with easily over 250 residents. This will only continue to worsen with the transformation of once vacant lots into new multi-unit residential communities.
I feel that an abutters only addition to the sign would help with this severe back-up and benefit the residents of this area, and the commuters on Alewife Brook Parkway, as there will be less unnecessary volume going onto Massachusetts Ave. intersection.