Thursday, Feb. 14 2013 2:45PM
Concerns for traffic with proposed Wal-Mart
I am writing to voice concerns over the proposed Wal-Mart Super Center that was discussed at the Public hearing on Feb. 7.
The intersection at Market Street and Hwy 150 cannot sustain another 10,000-plus cars per day. With the only other access being Hook Road to the North, virtually all of the Wal-Mart traffic would be funneled into this one intersection, which is already busy and prone to accidents. If the City approves the Wal-Mart, the city should first demand traffic improvements, including widening Hook and Market, increased turn lanes on Market and M150, and the extension of Hollywood Drive and Summit Crest Drive to relieve congestion at the intersection. There should also be a request made for an additional road leaving Wal-Mart from the north or west side to exit out to Hook Road. The Wal-Mart on M-291 can be accessed from four corners, and this proposed Wal-Mart shouldn’t have any less ease of access.
I’m also concerned that the heavy traffic to and from the store will negatively impact the businesses near this intersection; namely QuikTrip, Arbys, Subway, Pizza Shoppe and the Bank of the West. Why would patrons want to fight traffic going to and from Wal-Mart to get to any of these smaller businesses?
Finally, I was impressed to hear how diligent Wal-Mart is in reprimanding shoplifters in their stores. It’s great to see Wal-Mart’s concerned about limiting their losses to shoplifting, thus being able to keep prices low for customers. However, I would like know that Wal-Mart has the same concern for the safety of its customers, by adding increased security measures outside the store.
If you have concerns about this proposed development, contact your city council representative. City Council, please listen to your constituents regarding this proposed development. I was informed that Councilmember Allan Gray said, at the Feb. 7 meeting, “We need to give the very best to our residents and citizens and have a threshold that is more than adequate.”
Please don’t settle for anything less.