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APARTMENT COMPLEX WOULD HAVE MORE IMPACT
Traffic counts for Kalahari water park will be lower than an apartment complex, shopping center

 Traffic moves through Wisconsin Dells, Wis., where the first Kalahari water park and hotel were built.
Rick Wood/MILWAUKEE SENTINEL
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Date published: 12/8/2007

By Kelly Hannon

Kalahari is expected to draw 4,000 vehicles a day, on average, according to the Silver Cos. The company used a trip generator program to estimate the number of vehicles the water park will attract.

The Silver Cos. says that's fewer vehicles than an apartment complex or retail development would have drawn to the same site.

An apartment complex with 784 apartments would bring 4,500 vehicles a day, and 490,000 square feet of retail space would draw 19,000 vehicles.

Only an office building would bring fewer vehicles than Kalahari. About 1,100 vehicles a day would come with 588,000 square feet of office space, according to Silver Cos. data.

Traffic projections will be studied again by the Fredericksburg Area Metropolitan Planning Organization.

The region transportation planning group will study the feasibility of building an Interstate 95 interchange near the Fredericksburg Welcome Center and Celebrate Virginia, with the help of a just-hired consultant. The study will consider projected traffic in the region, including vehicles headed to the Kalahari waterpark.

A toll road bypassing State Route 3 will be considered in the study, too.

Also, Fredericksburg City Council recently voted to make widening Fall Hill Avenue to four lanes its priority road project.

--Kelly Hannon