Local service responds to residents’ traffic concerns at future Chick-fil-A site | New

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FLINT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WJRT) — Buzzing chicken chain Chick-fil-A is expecting a successful opening at its future Flint Township location.

But with those looking to flock to get the original chicken sandwich, they fear a traffic jam.

“As long as it’s all there, why we’re doing what we’re doing, how we’re supposed to, everything should run smoothly,” said Genesee County Road Commission engineering director Eric Johnston.

However, this is not a concern for those who deal with the construction and supervise certain parts of the project.

“They’re anticipating about 166 vehicles per hour at peak times coming in and out, which the site can more than handle given the size and layout of the car park and the double turn and drive-thru lanes there. “, Johnston said.

The Genesee County Road Commission works hand-in-hand with Flint Township to ensure all ducks are lined up when it comes to construction on the road and cars entering and exiting the property.

Johnston says the resolution to any issues in the plan comes from a traffic study that now awaits a final version from the developers.

“That will tell us what kind of impact it’s going to have, which will give us a better understanding of whether we need to do anything out there on our roads in order to accommodate this traffic,” he said.

Even with accommodations, there could still be some delay in the first few months of opening, just like they saw down the road when another chicken franchise came to town.

“In the Popeye script, we saw a lot of traffic going up Miller Road. Fortunately, this section of Miller Road east of I-75 has much less traffic than the amount of traffic you see west of I-75.

The new site will be located at the corner of Miller Road and Austins Parkway, a location that Johnston says is more than capable of handling a few more cars on the road.

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