Traffic moves along Holy
Hill Road near the railroad crossing Tuesday morning in
John Ehlke/Daily News
RICHFIELD — As part of development of a new Kwik Trip
store in the village at the site of a former truck stop
and restaurant, the village is petitioning the state
Office of the Commissioner of Railroads to determine
whether changes at a railroad crossing on Holy Hill Road
(Highway 167) just west of the development site are
The Department of Transportation urged the village to
petition for the study which will also determine the
necessary warning devices for the crossing and to
apportion all of the costs for the work. Officials
involved in the development said some work will be
needed at the crossing because Holy Hill Road will see
changes as part of the work to improve traffic flow and
safety around the Kwik Trip property. The land was the
former site of the Richfield Truck Stop-Exxon gas
station at 2900 Highway 167.
“As a part of this we have to petition the state Office
of the Commissioner of Railroads. What they are doing is
widening the road at the crossing and so they have to do
some work to widen the crossing portion that goes over
Holy Hill Road,” Richfield Village Administrator Jim
Healy said. “We had to pass a resolution regarding the
design details of the project.”
Healy said the village resolution now becomes part of
the actual petition to the OCR. Once the petition and
the exhibits are received by the OCR they will issue a
notice and then hold a public hearing in Madison.
In December, village officials and Kwik Trip Inc.
approved a developer’s agreement between the two parties
for construction of the new convenience store and truck
The agreement, Healy said, provides in detail points concerning public
improvements — not only building a public road to open
adjacent properties for development, but traffic and
intersection improvements on Highway 167 as well.
The village will pay none of the costs of the work at
the crossing and other related road work because Kwik
Trip has agreed to pay the cost of that work and other
related road construction — about $1.3 million.
According to related documents, there is a 66-foot-wide
easement on the south side of the property which will
also be vacated for construction of a new public road to
be dedicated on the property’s west side. The estimated
costs for making improvements with the railroad right of
way are about $300,000. The OCR must approve any of the
changes that are proposed at the crossing.
Other proposed improvements along Highway 167 as part of
the Kwik Trip project include closing a median on
Highway 167 so that no left turns can be made from the
right-in only access point, the realignment of the
access point to the Thrifty Car Rental site directly
south from the new Kwik Trip and a lighted intersection
on Highway 167.
Kwik Trip Inc., several weeks ago, closed on the
purchase of the site, including the diner, from Mike
McLean. They plan to demolish the facility and construct
a larger convenience store and gas station. The
facility, including the restaurant, has been closed for
several weeks and workers have been removing equipment
and materials to ready the building for demolition. The
proposed convenience store would be 8,847 square-feet
with an attached dumpster enclosure, gas fueling canopy
and detached storage shed.
Kwik Trip Real Estate Development Manager Troy Mleziva
said earlier the building will be about 9,000 square
feet and is the largest facility the company has built.
“It’s the largest facility that we will have built
“Everything is going to be totally new. We’re are going
to scrape down the site and demolish everything. We will
also remove the old underground fuel tanks and replace
them with new ones,” Mleziva said.
Officials hope the new facility will be open around
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