Monday, October 20, 2014

Safety group plans last-gasp try to block mega-Murphy gas station on Highway 10

Posted By on Mon, Oct 20, 2014 at 11:31 AM


Patrick Anders of the Taylor Loop Safety Patrol says his group will turn out in force for Tuesday's Little Rock Board of Directors meeting to make a final pitch that the Board reconsider its approval of a 20-nozzle Murphy Oil mega-gas station at Highway 10 and Taylor Loop Road.

The group will be wearing black. City Board reversal — as happened with a Murphy station on University Avenue — is not expected, in part because no rational person thinks the corporate-friendly city board would turn down the Murphy money two times running.

But there is some new information. One thing is drone footage shown above. It wasn't taken at rush hour. Traffic can be even worse than the film depicts, but it still illustrates the problems that will come from turns across traffic. Anders has also dug up a traffic study generated by the city traffic engineer that estimates the station would produce 3,200 to 3,900 in-and-out car visits to the station on a typical weekday. The oil company's engineer has said the station would have "little or no impact" on traffic. This location is far more problematic than the University location that was reversed, by the way.

Anders note that such megastations are better suited to dedicated access roads, not sitting at an already difficult intersection and dumping cars directly onto a state highway.

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