Consultant says proposed Raising Cane’s restaurant wouldn’t impact traffic

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Nearby McDonald’s had raised questions about site

By Stuart Foster, Contributing Writer

 Raising Cane’s is eyeing a location off Route 20 for a new restaurant.
Raising Cane’s is eyeing a location off Route 20 for a new restaurant.

MARLBOROUGH – Representatives of a proposed Raising Cane’s restaurant in Marlborough spoke in favor of the establishment at a City Council public hearing July 19. 

As part of their plan, Raising Cane’s wants to operate two drive-thru service lanes at 141 Boston Post Road West. This requires a special permit from the City Council. 

There is currently a Loyal Companion pet store at the proposed site, which will be razed if Raising Cane’s gets its green light.

“Effectively, it will be a brand-new site,” said Eric Debrule, who spoke in favor of the project on behalf of the firm Bohler Engineering.

This Raising Cane’s location, if built, will be adjacent to an existing McDonald’s restaurant. McDonald’s had previously sent letters raising concerns about the project, focusing on the impact on traffic to and from its drive-thru lanes.

Phil Squires, a lawyer for McDonald’s, recently said that he was expecting to speak with those supporting the project at the meeting in order to ease concerns about vehicle movement through the neighboring sites.

“I am not speaking in opposition, but we have some concerns about traffic,” Squires said. 

Raising Cane’s hired McMahon Associates to review the potential impact of the development on traffic. 

Jason Adams, representing McMahon Associates at the public hearing on July 19, said that his group had completed an extensive data collection effort focusing on interactions between the site and the driveways leading to it. They also looked at interactions between the site and the adjacent McDonald’s during peak periods at different times during the week. Adams said this was accomplished by observing queuing at McDonald’s as well as forecasting expected vehicle trips generated by the Raising Cane’s and assigning them to the site.

“Overall, our review indicates that the project would not have a noticeable or significant impact on the operations of the driveway or the adjacent McDonald’s,” Adams said.

 

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