Why reduce the number of travel lanes? Instead, why not add a lane to reduce congestion?

Congestion during the morning and afternoon commute on the freeways and major arterials like Sunrise Boulevard has caused traffic to spill onto neighborhood streets, especially with the increased use of cellphone navigation applications (i.e. Waze, Google Maps, etc.) Smart phone navigation applications direct traffic onto roadways based on minimal travel time, even to save a minute or less, regardless of the roadway type.  Widening local roadways, like Old Auburn Road, may induce additional commute traffic. The proposed improvements need to be a balance between accommodating local access and not inducing additional cut-through traffic.

The lane reduction creates a cost effective way to increase the facilities for safer walking and biking which has the potential to shift shorter local trips to a more active mode, such as allowing residents to walk/bike to school or work, thus reducing the number of cars on the corridor.

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1. Why is Old Auburn Road being fixed before other roads?
2. What part of Old Auburn Road is included in the current design?
3. What is a Complete Street?
4. Why reduce the number of travel lanes? Instead, why not add a lane to reduce congestion?
5. What are the plans to address traffic congestion in the area?
6. Why dedicate a traffic lane on Old Auburn Road for bicyclists when there are not many who ride their bike on this road?
7. What is a Separated Bikeway / Cycle Track?
8. Why were the planter barriers installed at the Fair Oaks intersection?
9. What will happen at the signalized intersections of Sunrise, Antelope and Fair Oaks?
10. What is a protected Intersection?
11. When will the Project be constructed?
12. What are the next steps for this Project?