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GPS error causes detour for Lake Compounce drivers

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Mary Sargent said she is trying to get lost drivers on the right path to Lake Compounce in Bristol. (WFSB) Mary Sargent said she is trying to get lost drivers on the right path to Lake Compounce in Bristol. (WFSB)
SOUTHINGTON, CT (WFSB) -

A GPS problem is sending drivers to a residential area of Southington and not to the amusement park.

The residents in Mount Vernon Road said the GPS issue is making them mad and causing traffic issues in their neighborhood.

However, Mary Sargent said she is trying to get lost drivers on the right path to Lake Compounce in Bristol. She said these traffic issues have been going on for years.

Sargent said it’s mainly out of state people and tour buses who seem to be unfamiliar with the area. The drivers are being led to a service entrance on Lake Avenue. They all end up at where Welch Road, Mount Vernon Road and Lake Avenue meet having to U-turn around the area and the people who live here do not like it.

"We have had constant traffic issues with out of state cars and tour buses that are constantly going by our houses,” Sargent said.

Sargent said she has had enough. She has taken to putting up a sign to try to redirect lost drivers to turn around. 

"Yesterday, I had 16 cars in front of my house all lost,” Sargent said. “And I finally went to the store and posted my little sign at the Main Street where the people are turning around.”

The problem is that GPS sends people to Lake Avenue if they're looking for Lake Compounce. It happened to Eyewitness News when we tried to get to there. Lake Compounce's address is 186 Enterprise Dr. in Bristol, but they were sent to a service entrance at 822 Lake Ave. in Southington, so they drive a little further onto Mount Vernon Road in a residential neighborhood and work their way back.

“In the meantime, I hope Lake Compounce corrects the problem or puts a new sign up on West Street,” Sargent said. “Hopefully that will solve a lot of issues we have in our neighborhood."

Eyewitness News talked to representatives at Lake Compounce and they are equally frustrated by the problem. They said for two years they have been trying to get Google Maps and Nav Tek, which provides information for Tom Tom, Garmin and other GPS devices. to update to show their address on enterprise drive to try to lessen the confusion.

They said they are working on it and in some cases may have fixed it, but unless people pay for navigation map updates it might not be reflected.  

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