Residents Protest Proposed WLR Gas Station

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LITTLE ROCK, AR – Using her artistic skills to get the point across, Bettye Ann Freeman worked Thursday to make signs for a rally.

“We don’t need this,” she said.

Freeman is among a group of passionate residents arguing against a proposed 24 pump Murphy USA gas station at Highway 10 and Taylor Loop in west Little Rock.

“It would be the biggest in Little Rock except possibly a truck stop by the interstate,” said Patrick Anders.

Plans include buying up an old bank plus part of a lot on the southeast corner of the intersection.

Some worry the gas station will make an already dangerous intersection even worse.

“We’ve got bad traffic problems as it is right now, and I can just imagine,” Freeman said.

A crash Thursday morning, according to the residents, is the fourth they’ve documented in just 10 days.

“With the turns they have in and out [of the planned gas station], I’m afraid people are going to die at that intersection,” Anders said.

Residents say they’d be okay with a smaller gas station but the “mega” station is what they oppose.

Some of the signs they’re using to get that message across were dramatic, others sought a laugh.

Residents are promising to keep having their voices heard.

“As an architect, I’m pro development, I’m pro growth, but you got to do it right,” Anders said.

KARK reached out to Murphy USA but got no response. The issue is set to go before the Little Rock Board of Directors during its meeting next Monday.

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