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City council may shelve vote on frontage road

Published 5:59am Sunday, January 13, 2013

The Albert Lea City Council is expected to table its vote Monday about a frontage road in front of a proposed Kwik Trip gas station.

City Manager Chad Adams said Kwik Trip requested the vote be delayed as it completes a traffic study in front of the north Bridge Avenue property.

The discussion is now slated for the Jan. 28 meeting.

The company is trying to prove that there’s a valid public purpose for implementing a right turn into the south end of the property. The turn would be used by semis coming off Interstate 90 into the proposed $5 million gas station.

Though Freeborn County commissioners have already approved the right-turn access, it is now up to the council to decide whether to make the right turn possible by vacating a frontage road in front of the property. Drivers would have to pass over the existing frontage road to reach the gas station parking lot.

The access and frontage road, which goes between Sykes and Westron streets, has been a source of controversy between city and county officials and the community.

Kwik Trip officials have been working on plans for the new Albert Lea location since October 2011.