Webster Groves residents concerned over new potential gas station

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by Julian Johnson/ KMOV.com

KMOV.com

Posted on November 10, 2013 at 9:19 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 11 at 12:40 AM

(KMOV.com) -- An effort to bring more business to Webster Groves, Missouri, has some residents fearing the move could actually be a danger.

Webster Groves officials are looking to bring back the old gas station, between Big Bend Road and Murdoch Avenue, but some residents think the new gas station would bring more traffic troubles.

“It’ll mean more cars coming and going off the lot,” said Webster Groves resident Courtney Sullivan.

Sullivan believes the increased traffic could lead to more car accidents and could be more dangerous for students in the area as well.

“This location will be the closest one (gas station) to Webster University for a number of things,” Sullivan said, “So we suspect there will also mean more pedestrian traffic.”

Webster Groves Mayor Gerry Welch said the gas station spot has been up for grabs for at least eight years and that the city will handle the safety issues that come up.

Welch plans to have one of the exits on the lots closed to better direct traffic.

No deal is in place yet, according to Welch. She said the city will wait until their first meeting in December before plans are finalized. 

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