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Oakmont studies traffic near site of proposed gas station

| Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, 12:06 a.m.

Oakmont Council is expected to make a decision regarding a new gas station in town early next month — but first, they're looking into how the proposed project, coupled with the relocation of the Hulton Bridge, would impact traffic.

On Tuesday, council agreed to hire Pennoni Associates for $1,690 plus any additional expenses to review a traffic study submitted by Speedway.

Speedway is asking borough officials to approve a conditional use permit for a new gas station and convenience store along Hulton Road at the Third Street intersection. The new business would be located where the Lieberth and Sons car dealership used to be.

Plans call for a 24-hour convenience store, gas pumps, about 30 parking spaces and landscaping. Speedway previously presented a traffic analysis that stated left turns onto Hulton Road from the gas station should be restricted during morning and evening peak hours — 7 to 9 a.m. and 4 to 6 p.m.

Last month, officials were expected to make a decision on Speedway's plans but council was granted a 45-day extension. In the meantime, Speedway worked on an addendum to its traffic study to determine the impact on pedestrian safety, since the gas station would be located almost directly across the street from Riverview High School, and on traffic due to the future relocation/expansion of the Hulton Bridge.

A new four-lane bridge will be built adjacent to the existing two-lane structure and several residents and officials have said they have concerns about traffic flow once the shift occurs.

According to officials, that traffic study was completed on Aug. 30, and council received it on Monday.

Borough Manager Lisa Cooper Jensen said having a consultant review Speedway's report could help officials make their decision. The consultant's review also would be forwarded to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

Council is expected to make a decision regarding the proposed gas station by Oct. 7.

Heidi Dezayas is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.

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