The Statesville City Council has authorized an additional traffic study for the site of a proposed Love’s Travel Stop and Country Store near Interstate 40 Exit 154.The review will determine whether a “right-in-only” access road to the proposed complex would relieve anticipated highway congestion.At the request from Planning Director David Currier – whom opponents of the plan criticized earlier this year – the City Council unanimously approved the traffic engineering contract with Kimley-Horn Associates of Charlotte at its Aug. 5 meeting. “While discussing this project with the state DOT and Kimley-Horn’s engineers, the possibility of designing an additional ingress point to the site from Old Mocksville Road materialized,” Currier told the council. “If built, vehicles could enter the travel plaza without going through the Old Mocksville Road/Highway 64 intersection. “This access road concept has, thus far, been supported by all parties involved,” he said. “We estimate that the engineering study needed to present the “right-in-only” movement to the DOT would cost approximately $22,400.”Before engaging in the full study, Currier said, planners first will ask Kimley-Horn to analyze and compare a similar existing project on I-77 in Fort Mill, S.C., with the proposed I-40 site to determine its feasibility.The proposed truck stop at I-40 Exit 154 would be similar to other Love’s facilities on major interstates, such as I-81 in Virginia, including parking for trucks and cars, a 24-hour fueling station and tire shop, showers for truck drivers and two restaurants: A McDonalds and a Chester’s Chicken.Opponents of the proposal, mostly nearby residents and businesses, have continually cited the increased traffic such a facility would generate on nearby roadways as a major reason the city should have rejected the plan.Under the present timetable, the site plan for the truck stop is expected to go to the city’s planning board in September, and to the City Council Oct. 21. Also at the Aug. 5 meeting:• The council approved contracts totaling $63,000 for the design of more downtown streetscape improvements on West Broad Street from Meeting to Mulberry streets. • The council accepted a $4.8 million loan offer from the state’s Clean Water Revolving Fund to finance improvements at the city’s Fourth Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant. The loan will carry a zero-percent interest rate.• The council modified a 2013 road improvement contract with Maymead Asphalt to include the resurfacing of the city-owned Water Street parking lot, as well as high-traffic portions of the warehouse facility on Winston Avenue.
Friday, Aug. 16, 2013
Statesville to study traffic at proposed Love’s truck stop
Dave Vieser is a freelance writer for Lake Norman News. Have a story idea for Dave? Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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