Police have recently been stopping teen and adult drivers for using the Morgans Way/Juniper Lane “cut-through” due to recent complaints from residents of the two neighborhoods.
What is the cut through? “A point of access for emergency situations, it makes it easier for police to respond quicker in case of emergency,” said Officer Bryan DiGiorgio.
The cut through sits between two cul-de-sacs, one at the end of Morgans Way, in the Johnson Drive neighborhood, and the other at one end of Juniper lane, in the Gorwin drive area.
Residents are not allowed to use it, since it is specifically for authorized vehicles only. However, a lot of times the residents of the connected neighborhoods use it often for the same reason that police do.
Senior Kylie Lorenzen, of Holliston High School, and resident of the Johnson neighborhood, was stopped not too long ago using the cut-through. In the middle of summer, Lorenzen was on her way home from a soccer game when she was caught.
After driving through the cut through, Lorenzen saw a police officer was blocking the road after the second cul-de-sac on the Morgans Way side. Once stopped, Lorenzen was asked for her license, where she lived, where she came from, and where she was going. The officer then told her there had been complaints and that it is illegal to use the cut-through, then let her off with a verbal warning.
Lorenzen believes residents of the neighborhoods should be allowed to use the cut-through to go to school and to avoid construction on route 16. “It is only a two second thing, but saves drivers fifteen minutes in traffic,” she said.
Prior to getting caught, Lorenzen used the cut through around five times a day. However, after getting caught, she has restrained from using it, since she is not 18 yet, and she fears that being stopped again could lead to her license being taken away.
On the other hand, some residents oppose Lorenzen’s views on the cut through. Terri Moran, a resident of Morgans Way for seven years now, has “mixed feelings” about the cut through.
Moran said, “when we originally bought the house, we thought it would be a safe place for the kids to play in the cul-de-sac, but now we know that is not the case.”
Moran has witnessed hundreds of people use the cut through, and she thinks that although police stopping drivers won’t put an end to cut through usage, it might deter people for a little.
“People would rather take chances than get stuck in traffic,” Moran said.
So will the illegal cut through usage finally end? Who knows. When asked, Officer DiGiorgio said the only other enforcement is to be proactive, for example running more citations, improving signage, and regulating the traffic flow.