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Written by JOHN MORTON   
Wednesday, 05 July 2017 17:07

Access to driveway is consistently blocked, owner of Beck’s Exxon tells village

You’d think the emergence of semis around a gas station would be a welcome sight, but that’s not the case for Tom Beck, owner of Beck’s Exxon, 660 E. Green Bay Ave., in Saukville.
“They’re not buying fuel here,” he said of the truckers that are parking along the adjacent Foster Drive cul-de-sac. “Instead, they’re blocking my driveway at the red light when they try to get onto (Highway) 33.
“I hear complaints from my customers all the time, that they can’t get into my parking lot. Other than my regulars, I worry some of them might give up and go to the Kwik Trip (across Foster Drive).”
Meanwhile, Beck said the traffic light doesn’t stay green long enough — “Maybe 15 seconds, if that,” he said — to keep traffic moving from what he says is a bottleneck of trucks.
“You can only get one truck and maybe a car through the intersection at a time,” Beck said. “And we’ve seen a lot of near misses of people trying to sneak through the little gap (between yellow and red lights).
“I know the light is short because they want to keep traffic moving on 33, but it’s dangerous.”
Jennifer Beck, the owner’s daughter, and fellow employee Melissa Cosgrove raised these issues at a June 20 Public Safety Committee Meeting and asked that trucks be banned from that area of Foster Drive.
Police Chief Jeff Goetz said the state’s Department of Transportation (DOT) is in charge of traffic-light timing and he agreed that five or six more seconds of the light being green would help.
But Beck said she had spoken to the DOT, which reported that the light’s length of time is state mandated and can’t be changed.
Goetz said he’d follow up with the DOT and have his officers monitor the number of trucks in the area and how long they are sitting. He also noted the state is concerned about the potential of traffic backing up on the I-43 exit ramp, which could be exacerbated by a longer light at Highway 33 and Foster Drive.
Cosgrove wondered if temporary “no parking” signs in the cul-de-sac could be worth a try, but committee member Joe Caban worried such a move could force semis to drive through the village to find a place to turn around and get back to the freeway.
The matter will be discussed again at a Tuesday, July 11, meeting of the committee.
Tom Beck, who bought the gas station in 2000, said the village should not have allowed another gas station to operate along the cul-de-sac.
The Kwik Trip opened in 2015.
“It has brought twice the traffic,” he said.
Furthermore, he said Kwik Trip’s spacious lot and diesel-fueling pads are allures for trucks.
“I sell diesel too, but Kwik Trip is known as a place for truckers to stop and rest,” Beck said. “All of them know that and when they see the sign on I-43, they come in and then they see that there’s nothing on the cul-de-sac, so they park for a long period of time.
“This is not supposed to be a truck-stop area.”
Regarding safety, Goetz at the June 20 meeting presented some numbers related to accidents at the intersection, noting that between 2011 and 2017 there have been 14, seven of which occurred after Kwik Trip opened. All originated on Highway 33, he said.
Between 2006 and 2011, there were 32 crashes at the intersection, he said.


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