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Highly anticipated burger joint raising traffic concerns in Dogtown

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There is concern that the  Hi Pointe Drive-In will add more congestion to McCausland in Dogtown. Credit: KMOV There is concern that the Hi Pointe Drive-In will add more congestion to McCausland in Dogtown. Credit: KMOV
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The highly anticipated Hi Pointe Drive-In is set to open later this month, but neighbors and the owners themselves are worried about traffic near Forest Park.

“I think we’re going to have to be ready for a lot of people coming on the first day,” co-owner Mike Johnson says as construction crews continue to work on the burger and sandwich concept on McCausland.

It’s a likely prediction from the man behind the highly successful SugarFire Smoke House. The new concept will be fast and casual. People will line up, order their burgers or sandwiches and a side, and have a seat in the restaurant made up of old shipping containers.

“It’s going to be high quality stuff, the best meat, the best buns,” said Johnson.

But he is worried about getting those customers in the door. The traffic on McCausland is already bad, many accidents have occurred on the stretch in between the entrance and exit ramps of Interstate 64. Something neighbors like Renee Paradowski have witnessed first hand, like when a truck hit her home.

“That was really scary and I’m afraid with more traffic coming to the restaurant that might happen again or even worse,” said Paradowski, who lives across the street on McCausland.

Johnson said he is working on the issue.

“We’re working with the neighbors, we’re working with the city, I’m hoping we’re going to try to get a light in over here, I think that would help,” said Johnson.

The city says right now there is no plan for a stoplight. They hope the recent re-do of the McCausland-Clayton-Skinker interchange will help.

But the other worry is parking.

“It’s going to be crazy, there’s not a lot of space here, we have 16 parking spots,” said Johnson.

He wants to be proactive, encouraging customers to bike and avoid parking at neighboring businesses during their open hours.

Neighbors have their worries, but they’re also excited about the new development especially after the old Del Taco has been closed for many years.

“It’s definitely better than a vacant lot,” said Paradowski. “I’m very excited about it being built and because of it, it sounds like our traffic issues might finally be addressed.”

Johnson says they could open as soon as Thanksgiving but haven’t named an actual date. They plan to release a menu as soon as this weekend

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