The new traffic flow through Redmond is counterproductive for the following reasons:
1) The traffic flow is not conducive to projected population and traffic growth in Redmond because it has no growth capacity. Additional lanes cannot be added because of existing buildings.
2) Cleveland Street does not have a left turn lane which greatly reduces traffic flow when a car makes a left turn against oncoming traffic.
3) Redmond Way has been reduced from three/four lanes westbound to one through-lane in some sections. Cleveland Street adds only one lane westbound but has the issue above.
4) To bypass the westbound bottlenecks, drivers take State Route 520 and exit at West Lake Sammamish Parkway. Businesses in Redmond have less traffic flowing past it.
5) Another bypass of Redmond Way is the residential streets that are parallel to Redmond Way. The additional traffic reduces safety on those streets.
6) There is no way to get around slow/cautious drivers which increases frustration.
Drivers in general are more frustrated and drive faster when they finally have a clear path. Frustrated drivers making left turns do not as easily see pedestrians in crosswalks.