The soon-to-be-completed CVS Pharmacy, on the southeast corner of Manchester Road and Big Bend Boulevard, will have little effect on the amount of traffic at the intersection, said Alan Renner, real estate manager for QuikTrip in St. Louis.
That is in light of a proposed relocation of the at 3010 South Big Bend Boulevard to the northwest corner of Manchester and Big Bend, upgrading to a “Generation 3” QuikTrip in the process.
Traffic engineers at Crawford, Bunte, Brammeier (CBB), contracted by QuikTrip, made a traffic study not taking the CVS into account, and the city of asked for an additional study to include that.
A PDF file of the 15-page report is included with this article.
Renner said the engineers knew that would be the result of further study, but went ahead and formalized it.
“Basically there is no impact to the intersection for that use,” he said.
He said engineers use manuals and prior experience to determine the effect a store will have on traffic, and it’s already known approximately how a business like CVS will do that.
He said no changes to the site plan will be recommended as a result of the additional study, though the traffic engineer did have recommendations for the school crossing guard; what to do and what to wear for increased safety.
The engineers observed the guards as part of the additional study.
“They didn’t have any safety clothing on, or sign, or whistles, or anything at all, just a person, basically walking across the street with the kids,” Renner said.
Renner said the city of Maplewood and the Maplewood Richmond Heights School District received the additional report on Monday.
The Maplewood Richmond Heights school board came out against the relocation in March, when school to members of the school community opposing it.
Renner said his intent is to have further conversations with the school district.
“We definitely want to get together, and right now it’s in their court,” Renner said. “They asked us to do this. We’ve done it. We’ve distributed it, and so what they told us, is to give us time to digest it and we’re going to get back with you. So I’m waiting to hear from them.”
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