Business Concerned about Possible Road Closure in West Valley
YAKIMA, Wa - Yakima County engineers have plans for road construction to support future development in West Valley, but one local business owner says he concerned that their plans could hurt his business.
Jim Haynes owns the Town Pump N' Pantry on Wide Hollow Road.
County engineers are considering a plan to permanently close that road between 88th and 96th Avenues.
"We're going to have less traffic and that's what businesses are based on is traffic," says Haynes.
Right now, Wide Hollow Road is the main roadway west in West Valley beyond 80th Avenue. Nob Hill Boulevard ends at 80th, but county engineers want to extend it. Nob Hill will connect with Wide Hollow at 96th Avenue and Wide Hollow will be closed from 88th to 96th.
"My opinion is that if we are going to have growth in West Valley like is projected. We need two arterial roads. not build one and close one," says Haynes.
Jim Haynes plans to go to the open house on Monday to express his concerns about the road construction county engineers are considering.
The county tells KNDO that this meeting will focus on future development policies -- not road construction. They say Haynes needs to talk to county engineers about his concerns.