The corner where the Elephant Bar currently sits is 315 feet (according to Google Maps) from the exit ramp of Highway 17 as it turns onto westbound Hamilton Avenue.
Anyone who drives this area realizes that vehicles exiting from Hwy17 have the right-of-way (save from pedestrians) as they have the dedicated turn lane. All vehicles that exit Hwy 17 from that lane must stop and cross two lanes of traffic to get to the Home Depot entrance. This causes traffic back ups on Hwy 17 especially during the evening commute. With an In-N-Out Burger located at the Elephant Bar site, this Hwy 17 exiting traffic will get worse throughout the day. Now mix in the traffic on westbound Hamilton Avenue which wishes to turn right to get to Kohls, Bed Bath and Beyond, or I-N-O Burger within those 315 feet trying to cross lanes of traffic that is exiting Hwy 17.
This will now backup traffic on wb Hamilton towards Bascom Avenue, not to mention those drivers who will drive in the left lane to get ahead and then stop in traffic to merge to the right and will eventually block the two intersections wb Hamilton west of Hwy 17. (Campbell PD has enough of this in the morning traffic with eastbound Hamilton traffic attempting to force way into the freeway on-ramp traffic). This traffic back up will cause further backups on Hwy 17 which will be blocked in the intersection of the freeway off-ramp and Salmar Avenue crossing Hamilton.
Additionally, there will be traffic coming from the west driving eastbound Hamilton which will make U-turns in front of the proposed site. Those vehicles will be backed up and will eventually be blocking the #1 lane of eastbound Hamilton from the light at Almirda back past the Jewelry Store as well as Rotten Robbie at Central Avenue. Anyone who knows Campbell traffic on Hamilton Avenue during the Holiday Season knows that eastbound traffic during the evening commute will back up all the way to and beyond San Tomas Expressway. Adding this I-N-O Burger to this site will make this area even worse.
Of course, people who will be sick of this traffic will now come in from the residential street areas north of the site specifically David, Central, Almarida, Pamlar Harrison, and Monica. There are already efforts to reduce and slow down traffic on these avenues, but the traffic on Hamilton will cause a good percentage of traffic to take the back way causing backups on Almarida which will now cause cars in the parking lot of Kohls to back up and make the drivers frustrated and turn illegally into the residential areas to get away from the traffic.
This does not even address the new housing that is being built on Railroad and Campbell Avenue. The most direct direction for these new housing areas will be northbound Salmar Avenue past Home Depot and Fry's Electronics...backing up traffic on Salmar then turning westbound onto Hamilton where they will need to cross lanes of traffic including the dedicated Hwy 17 exit lane and have to make the same 315 foot turn into I-N-O Burger.
Now, if anyone has seen any of the lines at the other I-N-O Burger stores on Blossom Hill, Coleman, or in Sunnyvale, they all have backups within the parking lots of the shopping centers they are located (save Sunnyvale which is a street corner lot with little space and traffic backs up onto El Camino Real. The lot in question on Hamilton Avenue is small and will result in traffic backups on Hamilton Avenue, Almarida, Salmar and Highway 17.
Hamilton Avenue is an emergency route for Campbell and San Jose PD, the CHP, fire and paramedics. Sad to say, this location is not well suited for a business like I-N-O Burger due to the current and future traffic in this area.
An In-N-Out Burger will be a nice addition to Campbell, but not at this location. Campbell City Planners have already made traffic at this location horrible with the combinations of a Home Depot, Fry's Electronics, and a Kohl's all too close to freeway access.
I would prefer that the City negotiate with the owners of Hamilton Plaza about tearing down the emptied Office Max store and creating more parking at this location, and putting the In-N-Out Burger in the parking lot of Hamilton Plaza. This makes far more sense.