Lafayette Traffic

by Jon S/ullberg,

We moved to the Lafayette Hills/Reliez neighborhood 5+ years ago. Unfortunately our street has been discovered by WAZE and other traffic avoidance apps and has been significantly impacted by increased traffic. We no longer shop at the Safeway or Whole Foods on Mt. Diablo Blvd because of the increased amount of traffic congestion downtown during peek traffic times. The small town character of Lafayette has changed over the past five years with the construction of condo high-rises along the 24 corridor. The traffic at Acalanes High School at Pleasant Hill Road and Dear Hill during the morning and afternoon commute is horrible. I have waited up to 30 minutes getting off the 24 off ramp to the Dear Hill/Pleasant Hill light and from Taylor down the hill towards the High School in the morning. The reason for this increased traffic congestion is impacted again with the WAZE app from Concord/Antioch commuters using Taylor to avoid 24 to 680 congestion. I'm at a loss to understand how City Planners will engineer better traffic flow if the Dear Hill mega apartment/condo complex will improve the horrific traffic conditions at the Pleasant Hill Road and Dear Hill exchange. Even if the Pleasant Hill Road off ramp corridor to Taylor is widened, the WAZE and other apps will only direct Pleasant Hill/Concord/Antioch commuters to use Pleasant Hill Road/Taylor.

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