McDonald's and the Transit Road Access Management Plan
The PB recommended approved of the site plan to the town board with five conditions. The one relates to the applicant’s getting a specific variance (waiver) from the Transit Road Access Management Plan – a plan whose purpose is to promote the efficient flow of traffic and enhance public safety by reducing conflicting traffic movement.
The Gateway complex located at the Transit Road/William Street intersection is home to Wal-Mart, Applebee’s, Wendy’s, Evans Bank and the Gateway Apartment complex. With the exception of the Gateway apartment driveway, the only other driveway on Transit Road is the signalized Wal-Mart driveway. The remaining site complex was built with idea of having all businesses served by inner roads that lead to a signalized driveway; thereby eliminating conflict points that increase traffic safety issues.
The proposed McDonald’s will be located along Transit Road, south of the Gateway driveway and north of Evan’s Bank; on a 1.029 acre piece of property with 170 feet of frontage and with a driveway the applicant proposes increasing in size from 20 feet to 70 feet.
No one I know of opposes the McDonald’s operation at this location. However, there is concern regarding the safe operation of making left turns to enter the McDonald’s site and left turns when leaving the site.
Should the town approve waiving the Town Access Management Plan, there would be a signalized driveway at Wal-Mart, less than 200 feet to the north the McDonald’s driveway, and less than 100 feet away the Gateway driveway. There would be great safety risk making left turns into and out of the site.
Hopefully, the new town board administration will take a hard look at the created conflict points associated with the site plan and at minimum not allow left ingress/egress turns.