I like In N Out and don’t have anything against the chain or fast food, I eat there from time to time. The issue here is one of public safety and nuisance issues. This intersection is a major traffic nightmare and not just for Hamilton Ave., but for Hwy 17. Imagine if this exit had to back up more? There isn’t any type of ‘planning’ you can do to fix that and here’s why: the area in general is getting more and more congested which means more bad drivers, unpredictable pedestrians, cyclists, motorcycles, etc., and you can’t plan for unpredictable humans. There is one right turn lane off of Hwy 17. Even if you created two, it would impact the other directions of traffic, and then you would see people cutting across lanes to try to jump to the driveway, causing accidents and possibly worse. Consider how drastically the foot traffic would increase. This would impact an entire neighborhood community who lives down that street. They’re already impacted with all the traffic, this is asking too much of them.
Bringing this drive-through chain to this corner would cause damage and injury in addition to the traffic nightmares. Putting it right off an already busy, congested, and confusing intersection will really cause more trouble than it’s worth. Please don’t do it – this is clearly inefficient. Why can't they find a better spot for In N Out?