City Council hears controversy over traffic problems in Cotswolds Check Phil A

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) – If you live in the Cotswold area or if you’ve ever been to a fast food restaurant, you know you may need to wait a while or traffic may spill onto the side of the road. Such is the case for Chick-fil-A in Cotswold and the center of discussion at Monday’s town council meeting.

For pedestrians, the project aims to make them feel safer while walking along this sidewalk or to and from restaurants. And for customers who drive, they’re supposed to get in and out faster, and reduce traffic on one side of the road.

When you pull out for fast food, you want it to be quick, easy, and safe.

But for Chick-Fil-A on Randolph Road in the Cotswolds, traffic often spills onto a busy street.

It can be a roadblock in more than one way.

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Monday night at a Charlotte City Council meeting, a Chick-Fil-A representative said they had a solution: tear down Chick-Fil-A as-is and build a drive-in-only restaurant to reduce traffic.

This is something they say makes it safer for neighbors and pedestrians.

Restaurateur Tammy Porter says they’ve seen the benefits of switching to drive-through only.

“It was amazing,” Porter said. “It helped tremendously with getting food faster and faster.”

A neighbor says this plan plus an additional stoplight on Randolph Road would make the process quick and easy, especially with customers who are already mostly used to drive-thru, anyway.

Urging the drive-only plan, Lianna Humphrey said: “As someone who just voted to approve the $146m conveyance bonds, I urge you to prioritize and fully fund this street improvement project in the Cotswolds.”

But on the other hand…

It is really a multifaceted issue. “It will affect your city financially and it will affect the safety of people on the street,” said John Holmes.

Others say that this may actually lead to more cars and neglect the needs of drivers.

“If the council approves this zoning application, they will admit that they are completely turning their backs on people who choose not to or cannot make the car their main mode of transportation,” said Roy Elkins.

With councilors demanding more data and wondering if this would improve traffic, no decision was made on the redistricting on Monday.

But the council can sometime before the end of the year.

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