Traffic concerns surround proposed Chick-fil-A

Chick-fil-A traffic concern

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - There’s worry over traffic congestion as people order chicken.

When the Jeffersonville, Indiana, Chick-fil-A location opened last January, people were camping out in the parking lot to be the first to get a chicken sandwich.

While we may not be expecting people to camp out in Watertown, local officials are worried about the traffic Chick-fil-A will bring.

“We understand that there’s a potential for very long lines at the drive-through as other Chick-fil-A locations experience,” Jefferson County senior planner Andy Nevin said. “If these back up here then it could conflict with the Starbucks flow.”

The Jefferson County planning board got its first look at the proposed Watertown Chick-fil-A Tuesday night.

The restaurant, which would be at the old Ruby Tuesday off Western Boulevard, would seat more than 100 customers and have a two-lane drive-through.

There's concern over traffic flow if a proposed Chick-fil-A is built in Watertown.
There's concern over traffic flow if a proposed Chick-fil-A is built in Watertown. (Source: WWNY)

As for traffic concerns, Chick-fil-A says Ruby Tuesday had about 39 vehicles during peak hours. Chick-fil-A expects to nearly double that.

“They were indicating that an estimate of 75,” Nevin said, “so an increase of 34 trips per peak hour, which is about a 47 percent increase.”

A representative from Chick-fil-A says they are targeting a grand opening in the Fall of 2022.

How traffic is handled will be up to the city of Watertown. The county planning board deemed the project of local concern only.

Chick-fil-A will have to bring the proposal to Watertown’s planning board and city council for permits.

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