Public hearings for GetAbout Projects

Saturday, January 3, 2009 | 8:30 p.m. CST; updated 8:36 p.m. CST, Saturday, January 3, 2009

Public hearings on GetAbout Columbia projects on Feb. 2:

  • Resolution to approve final design of nonmotorized transportation improvements to the intersections of Providence Road and Business Loop 70 and Providence and Green Meadows roads.

In Jan. 2007, the city contracted with HDR, Inc., to complete a design of improvements to the intersections of Forum and Stadium boulevards, Providence Road and Stadium Boulevard and Providence and Stewart roads. In September 2007, an amendment added the intersections of Providence Road and Business Loop 70 and Providence and Green Meadows roads. The city is interested in making improvements that include right-turn islands, markings for pedestrians and roadway modifications that would lessen traffic conflicts between pedestrians and drivers, additional sidewalk space and ramps, more connectivity between sidewalks and increased landing areas, especially around the intersection of Business Loop 70 and Providence Road. The City Council estimates the project will cost $800,000. 

  • Resolution to move forward the Bear Creek Trail connections project at Blue Ridge Road and Python Court.

This project involves a two-mile extension from North Providence Road to Blue Ridge Road. It would connect the trail system around Vanderveen Road to Cosmopolitan Park, continue south over Interstate 70 and connect to the MKT Trail through the County House Branch Trail. The land chosen for the extension was mostly vacant, but there were plans to develop subdivisions on some of the land.  The city estimates that it will spend $442,000 to finish the Bear Creek Trail connections project, but the GetAbout Columbia staff is considering reducing the width of the trail from 10 to 8 feet to decrease costs of the project.

  • Resolution to move forward on construction of the Hinkson Creek (Greenbriar) Trail project.

This project would connect Greenbriar Trail to Hinkson Creek Trail in a one-mile path that would include low-water crossing, elevated boardwalks, retaining walls and concrete trails with gravel shoulders. The connection trail would run from Greenbiar Drive to MU. During an interested party meeting, one property owner was opposed to the project because of the aesthetics of the trail and parking issues. GetAbout Columbia staff has been working with neighbors to resolve some of these potential conflicts. The council estimates that this project will cost $990,000.

  • Resolution to reconstruct the Old Route K Bridge over Hinkson Creek

This project would involve reconstructing the Bridge over Old Route K, located south of Reactor Park. This reconstruction would cost $1.8 million and would be paid for by Bridge Replacement and Rehabilitation Program, Nonmotorized Transportation and Capital Improvement Sales Tax funds. Federal funds from the On-System Bridge Replacement Rehabilitation Program will also be used. The reconstruction includes sidewalks on both sides and a trail underneath that connects with the university trail system.

  • Resolution to complete the Hinkson Creek Trail — Grindstone to Stephens Lake

This project involves constructing a trail between the Grindstone Nature Area and Stephens Lake. This project would cost $780,000 and would be paid for with a Park Sales Tax and funds from the Federal Highway Administration. There are two easements on two properties. The city has already talked to the two property owners, and they have said they are willing to work with the city.

Source: Columbia City Council documents, Missourian archives

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Charles Dudley Jr January 4, 2009 | 3:54 a.m.

All we the citizens see out of this project is trails and more trails and more trails.

When are they going to fix the sidewalks in this community that need fixing of all of the trip hazards,broken areas,missing areas and more.

Sidewalks are a important part of people walking in all neighborhoods of this city.

Also why can't we see more benches and covered sheltered bus stops too. Those should be included in the GetAboutColumbia program.

Why is this program being limited to only Bike Trails and Bike Paintings on the streets?

I think we can look to our Mayor the Bike Trail Lover for the answers on that one.

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Dexter Windom January 4, 2009 | 4:18 a.m.

I can't figure for the life of me why the buses don't go out to Prathersville rd. At least they could go to Smiley Lane to include the middle school and the new duplexes near Garth. It's as if someone is asleep at the wheel. New neighborhoods went up, but the plan to service them never reached city hall. That shows some short sided elitism. What, the buses are only there to take the mayor to work?

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Mark Foecking January 4, 2009 | 5:22 a.m.

Chuck, the grant money covers non-motorized transportation only. It can't be used for bus stops and related.

Council needs to understand (and I'm not sure, even with the "smart-growth" makeup we have now, that they do) that every new sprawling subdivision they approve will have to have bus service to it eventually. In a time of regular fuel price shocks or shortages, citizens will demand reliable public transportation. It makes sense to me to plan ahead for that time, and concentrate more on infill development and renovation.

Remember, half of every dollar used to provide bus service is subsidized by taxpayers. If Columbia wants to save tax dollars (yeah, right), they should plan development so bus service is less needed.


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Charles Dudley Jr January 4, 2009 | 5:23 a.m.

Dexter Windom I agree with you on the bus routes and they do need to be expanded some what as there is no City Transit Buses that go to Schnucks or down that road over in that end of town.

I think most areas are covered but there are areas that obviously are not covered at all.

Great post!

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Charles Dudley Jr January 4, 2009 | 5:27 a.m.

Mark Foecking there are alot of bike riders who ride their bikes to those bus stops to catch the buses rain,snow,shine or w/e and as all of those bus stops by default become part of the GetAboutColumbia project.

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Mark Foecking January 4, 2009 | 5:39 a.m.

I know that. However, the grant money that funds GetAboutColumbia cannot be used for improvement to the bus system. Buses are motorized transportation. It's the same reason these funds can't buy parking spaces at a trailhead, even though that might get more people to ride their bikes for part of their way.


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Charles Dudley Jr January 4, 2009 | 9:53 a.m.

Mark Foecking I tend to disagree as it is a fine line only City Council should work out and not the GetAboutColumbia Director alone.

As I posted alot of those bike riders do use the City Transit Bus Stops which are along the City PedNet ways which in turn are along the City Transit Routes.

There is no excuse why bike racks/shelters cannot be installed at some of those bus stops too thus helping both bike riders and bus riders.

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Ayn Rand January 4, 2009 | 11:16 a.m.

Chuck, what is your opinion of the Keene Street sidewalks?

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Charles Dudley Jr January 4, 2009 | 11:47 a.m.

Ayn Rand there are sections of sidewalk missing out there too so your point is? That is a new area even and they have gaps that need to be filled in.

This is about Columbia as a whole not just one tiny area as you keep trying to bring up repeatedly.

Think bigger Ayn Rand because the city does not revolve around Keene Street by far.

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Ayn Rand January 4, 2009 | 12:10 p.m.

Chuck, the reason I asked for your opinion of Keene is because I saw you walking there one morning about a month ago. It's in fine shape, despite what you admit. In fact, I regularly see elderly people walking from Boone Landing to the doctors' offices, as well as people on wheelchairs.

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Charles Dudley Jr January 4, 2009 | 12:52 p.m.

Ayn Rand ya I got off the City Bus and walked up(East) BerryWood Dr.not on Keene. If you saw me on Keene it was right in front of Patricia's waiting on the City Bus. Also you neglect to tell us all how fast all of the traffic flies along Keene Street going both directions. Also you neglect to tell us about the areas with no sidewalks too.

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Ayn Rand January 4, 2009 | 1:02 p.m.

No, you were walking north on Keene, in front of Columbia Regional Hospital. And the speed limit is 30 mph along Keene.

The only stretches without sidewalks are at the ends, and in those areas, there are sidewalks on the side of the street. So no matter which part of Keene you're on, there's always at least one sidewalk.

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Charles Dudley Jr January 4, 2009 | 1:26 p.m.

>>> Ayn Rand January 4, 2009 | 1:02 p.m.No, you were walking north on Keene, in front of Columbia Regional Hospital. <<<

Nope wrong person I guarantee you. I have not nor had any reason to walk in front of that facility.

If I am out that way the bus drops me at BerryWood Dr. and I walk East on BerryWood then come back to Patricia's to once again catch the City Bus.

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Ayn Rand January 4, 2009 | 1:30 p.m.

No, it was you. You looked exactly like the person in the Missourian photo from the city hall protest earlier this year, right down to the same red shirt and gray beard.

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Charles Dudley Jr January 4, 2009 | 2:03 p.m.

Ayn Rand I told you I have had no reason to walk in front of Columbia Regional. That is the truth. If you saw me it was at the corner of BerryWood Drive and Keene St and I had just gotten off the City Bus and was headed up BerryWood Drive. The bus stop is at the corner of BerryWood Drive and Keene Street.

You saw somebody that was obviously not me. Think what you want but I do know in which parts of town I go to and where I walk at and where I get on the bus as well as off at.

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