A volunteer map editor for the Waze app contacted The Beacon by email this morning to ask where the “Local Traffic Only” signs are posted in Southern Shores on summer weekends so Waze does not direct motorists to take the regulated side streets.
The editor, whose alias is “MrNicGuy,” said he had been “following the various stories of the traffic cut-thru problem at Southern Shores” and is aware that “people blame navigation apps like Waze for [their] cut-thru problems.”
Sometimes, however, he noted, motorists know about a cut-through route and simply choose to take it, regardless of what the navigation app suggests.
If a municipality “has posted ‘Local Traffic Only’ signs,” as Southern Shores has, MrNicGuy said, Waze “can make sure our app does not add to the traffic headache by almost never providing a route through the side streets.”
At MrNicGuy’s request, we gave him the locations of the “Local Traffic Only” signs. He said he also would be in touch with Town Manager Cliff Ogburn.
MOBILE SIGN ON SOUTH DOGWOOD TRAIL INEFFECTIVE: We also would like to point out that the message we observed yesterday on the mobile road sign near the Kitty Hawk Elementary School was not an effective deterrent to cut-through traffic. In somewhat confusing phrasing, the sign advised motorists that if they continued on South Dogwood Trail, they would encounter a delay, and they would be well-advised to stay on U.S. Hwy. 158. A far more effective message to cut-through drivers would be: “Roads Closed Ahead, Local Traffic Only.”
Ann G. Sjoerdsma, 6/27/22