New traffic plans for busy Dothan restaurant

Published 08/04 2014 05:30PM

Updated 08/04 2014 09:53PM

Chick-fil-A on Ross Clark Circle is a hot spot for lunch and that causes the traffic to be backed up and congested.

This is a major concern for the city and Chick-fil-A and they’re finally doing something about it.

"We are moving from a single lane order point to a multi lane order point. Our entrance where it is currently located now the proposal is to change that and to move that back closer towards Sams where everybody will be coming in,” said Chick-fil-A General Manager Paul Holman.

The proposed plan will have guest enter at the back of the lot, circle completely around the building, and then divide off into two lanes. 

Chick-fil-A has also decided to give an update to the whole building while they conquer the parking lot. They'll be updating the outside and inside of the building from paint colors to kitchen appliances.

"Chick-fil-A is basically on a time table of when they do reinvestment projects with major scopes of work. Where traffic is one issue there are other issues also that we have with updating and refreshing so it's taken a few years to wait for that time table to get this project started and underway,” said Holman.

The planning commission will met August 20th to approve the potential upgrade and so far it’s looking like it will pass.

"Moving the drive way down and this dual drive through should really help things out it should really improve traffic flow in that area. I wouldn’t see it being an issue. We've looked at it and feel like it can only help the situation,” said Charles Metzger, Assistant Public Works Director.

If the committee approves the plans Chick-fil-A will move forward with the renovations. Holman said they're looking at a three to four week project. During this time they will temporarily close and reopen again sometime in October.

On average, Holman said, Chick-fil-a sees 80 to 100 cars during their peak lunch hour. He said by adding the dual lanes they’ll be able to better accommodate more guests,

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