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Out-of-state firm to perform Walmart traffic study

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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Huntsville city leaders decided to move forward with another traffic study at the site of a proposed Walmart.

Neighbors near the location at Drake Avenue and Memorial Parkway expressed concerns about the major retailer building in the area. The firm selected by the neighbors is based out of California, and it will take several weeks for the company to become licensed in Alabama.

Neighbors said it is important to get a firm with no Alabama ties that cannot be swayed by politics. City leaders said if everyone works together, the store will be a good addition to the community.

"We need Walmart, the neighborhood and the city to all work together. Let's get this traffic study done as soon as possible. Find out what the results are. Then we're ready to see where we go from there," said City Councilman Bill Kling.

There is one hitch to the plan: Walmart could get their permit before the city receives the results of the traffic study. If that happens, city leaders said there is nothing they can legally do to prevent Walmart from breaking ground.

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