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QuikTrip study foresees big spike in 40th Street traffic

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This photo of the intersection of 40th Street and Cottonwood Lane during morning rush hour Monday, Feb. 10, shows a vehicle coming out of Cottonwood and waiting to turn left, but is stuck beneath a signal because the white truck is at the end of vehicles at in the left-turn lane for traffic heading east on the freeway. / Ahwatukee Foothills News

By Paul Maryniak | Ahwatukee Foothills News

QuikTrip has told Phoenix officials that the proposed gas station at the intersection of 40th Street and Cottonwood Lane in Ahwatukee would add nearly 3,700 vehicle trips a day to the area.

But the October 2019 report by CivTech, the engineering firm hired by QuikTrip to conduct the mandated traffic study, said only 886 of those trips would actually be “new” to the gas station.

The other 2,800 trips would comprise  “pass by” traffic, the firm said.

Those numbers apparently don’t add up for the Phoenix Street Transportation Dept., which told CivTech on Nov. 25 it needs to do a lot more work – especially since the gas station would be less than 350 feet away from the freeway and across 40th from a popular park-and-ride lot.

For now, QuikTrip can’t build its controversial gas station – which has most of the nearby 185-home Foothills Paseo II HOA up in arms.

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