Planners OK drive request for new Yukon business

Country Equipment wants to limit traffic congestion, Sparks says

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By Conrad Dudderar
Staff Writer

Yukon planning commissioners this week unanimously approved a request for a second driveway serving a new Yukon business.

Country Equipment will open its fourth dealership at 2001 W Vandament, just east of the new Interstate 40/Frisco Road interchange.

“Welcome to Yukon,” Yukon Planning Commission Chairman Bill Baker said at the July 19th commission meeting inside the Centennial Building.

The Yukon Planning Commission had just voted 5-0 to recommend approval of a second “curb cut” for Country Equipment’s future Yukon location.

“Our thought process is to have one entrance and then have a separate exit,” said Yukon’s Jody Sparks, of Country Equipment, LLC. “We want to try and keep everything from being congested.

“I think it’s going to be better for safety reasons.”

Country Equipment sells Kubota tractors, Polaris ATVs and several lines of zero-turn riding lawn mowers. The company also rents tractors, skid steers, excavators, and more.

“Everything that we sell is basically delivered to us off of a semi,” Sparks explained. “Anything that we rent, bigger equipment-wise, all goes on trailers.”

Having two separate drives will make it easier for semi-trucks carrying the equipment to enter and leave the Country Equipment site without disrupting traffic along Vandament, the Yukon High School graduate told planning commissioners.

Country Equipment’s Yukon dealership will be built on a four-acre site north of Vandament and east of Frisco Road. The front of the property will have a building and parking and the back will contain a detention pond and drainage area.

ENTER ON WEST, EXIT ON EAST

Clark Construction of Oklahoma City, on behalf of Country Equipment, LLC, submitted the request for two curb cuts/drives at 2001 W Vandament.

The planning commission’s positive recommendation will be considered at an upcoming Yukon City Council meeting.

The proposed 28-feet wide drives will be about 200 feet apart, with the entrance on the west side and exit on the east side of the property.

The drive intended for trailer traffic will be marked with a sign reading “For Trailer/Truck Traffic Only” visible in both directions.

Semi-truck drivers making deliveries to Country Equipment’s Yukon dealership will be advised to exit I-40 at Frisco Road.

The site is now vacant except for a billboard on the east boundary. The parcel has about 421 feet of frontage uniquely curved given the alignment of W Vandament.

Country Equipment’s other dealerships are at 3 N Morgan Road in Tuttle, 8901 S I-35 Service Road in Oklahoma City and 240 E State Highway 152 in Mustang.