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Warwick will reroute traffic to prevent drivers from using ‘cut-through’

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WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — The Warwick City Council has approved a traffic pattern change aiming to prevent drivers from cutting through a neighborhood in order to avoid Airport Road.

The council voted Monday in favor of limiting access to Evergreen Avenue and blocking access to Pavilion Avenue for people trying to use it as a shortcut.

The resolution, introduced by Ward 3 Councilman Timothy Howe, was the result of two years of planning that included a traffic study by the Warwick Police Department, which found the intersection of Evergreen and Pavilion to be a “dangerous situation” for drivers.

Neighborhood residents told Eyewitness News speeding has always been a problem in the area and they’re hoping the change will prevent crashes.

“If it cut down some of the traffic I would be happy,” Vincent Confreda said. “I’m afraid someday, someone is going to get hurt.”

“I don’t like the speeding,” his wife, Hermine Confreda, added. “I don’t like when it turns into a speedway.”

Howe said that while the project is still in the beginning phases, he’s confident the new traffic pattern will be in place by late spring.

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