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McDonald’s restaurant expansion plans linked to traffic issues

City Hall is considering asking McDonald's for help fixing the Victoria Road-Tim Hortons-Mutas Road intersection

City hall has linked planned exterior renovations of the Revelstoke McDonald’s restaurant with a possible overhaul of the Mutas Road/Victoria Road intersection.

McDonald’s wants to renovate their restaurant, giving it a new look and 25 more seats.

The city’s design review committee is working with the restaurant on their plans. Amongst sign and appearance issues, the committee has also flagged possible increased traffic as a concern, and have asked McDonald’s to have a “traffic impact assessment” done.

City planning director John Guenther has raised the idea of making the Victoria Road intersection ‘no left in and no left out’ in either direction by putting a divider down the middle. At the same time, the city would install a roundabout at the intersection of Victoria Road and Wright Street (in front of the Nomad Restaurant).

If you were leaving Mutas Road to go back to the Trans-Canada, you’d drive to Wright Street, go through the roundabout and head back to the highway.

If you were leaving Tim Hortons heading downtown, you’d drive up past the Subway to the Highway 23 North intersection, left onto the Trans-Canada and left again onto Victoria Road.

The idea is being studied at this point. The design review committee discussed the possibility of requiring McDonald’s to help pay for the cost of the roundabout.

Coun. Tony Scarcella urged city staff to move quickly on the design review, saying expanding the restaurant meant more jobs.

“McDonald’s should have resolution of this by the end of the week,” said mayor David Raven.

McDonald’s Revelstoke owner Kevin Blakely said the renovation was currently working its way through the approval process. “Nothing is finalized right now,” he said.



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