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Triangle Rezoning Passes Metro Council
Metro Council on Tuesday (7/2) approved the rezoning of the triangle property to accomodate the Walgreen's development plan. Prior to third and final reading of the rezoning bill, Councilman Vic Lineweaver said he would work to resolve issues with the intersection of Old Harding, Collins Road and the entrance to Jimmy Dean's Market.

One issue is whether Old Harding Road should be completely closed at its intersection at Collins Road or left open as shown in the latest Walgreen's proposal. If left open there would be a stop sign at Old Harding and Collins Road traffic would have the right of way to Highway 100.

A second issue is exactly where the Collins Road entrance into the Market will be. The current plan shows an entrance directly across from Old Harding Road. Some residents have spoken against this, believing it would open up the road to cross traffic and have asked that the entrance be moved back up the hill to make cross traffic more difficult.

Developer Jim Girard has said he would be agreeable to making the changes if requested.

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Members Opinions:
July 03, 2002 at 12:00am
Again, I am a member of the Poplar Creek Board of Directors. My statements in no way are reflective of board opinion nor are they a board endorsement.

After much effort and compromise, our community is on the brink of finally fixing a very dangerous intersection. The only issue seems to be the intersection of Collins Rd. and Old Harding Pike. There are some who would like Old Harding road dead ended in front of the school or at Collins Rd. I believe this is a big mistake. Traffic gridlock is already a major issue in the area. Closing this road will force residents of Poplar Creek Estates and other developments who might use Collins road as the means for child drop off and pick up to go through three major intersections making three left hand turns. Knowing the volume of cars in the area during these times, an enormous traffic snarl is inevitable. The road should not be closed. If anything, move the entrance to the convenience store further up Collins Rd. I do not think it is necessary though. No one will be traveling at a high rate of speed down Old Harding as they will have recently exited the intersection of Old Harding and the new cut through road in the triangle. Additionally, as they look out the windshield, they will no longer see a thruway but a parking lot resulting in deceleration. Let's not snarl traffic and inconvenience those who must regularly use the area. Collins Rd. could also prove to be a vital access route for emergency vehicles and equipment if ever necessary. If closed, access is reduced.

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