I’m sure others have noticed that as the Center gets more crowded — and Trout Brook Drive ever slower — there are growing numbers of drivers cutting east to west on roads that used to have far fewer cars.
Fern Street, for example, is much busier than it was just a few years ago. But so are the Boulevard, Asylum and other east-west roads. There are also more and more drivers using north-south “shortcuts” that take them racing through what should be neighborhood-only streets.
I don’t have an answer for the problem, but the town ought to get more cops out to hand out tickets on side streets and, no doubt, take a look at traffic light timing to see if some adjustments make sense given the changing volumes.