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PHOTO GALLERY: Breaking ground on the Scott Boulevard expansion project

Friday, May 22, 2009 | 12:27 p.m. CDT; updated 3:12 p.m. CDT, Friday, May 22, 2009
Boone County Commissioner Ken Pearson, Fourth Ward Councilman Jerry Wade, state Sen. Kurt Schaefer, Fifth Ward Councilwoman Laura Nauser, and Mayor Darwin Hindman break ground for the Scott Boulevard expansion project at the corner of Scott and Chapel Hill Road on Friday. Hindman joked about the hard ground: "Usually they've got this started for you," he said.
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COLUMBIA — A group of state, county and city elected officials broke ground on the Scott Boulevard expansion project Friday morning.

Scott Boulevard will be expanded to four lanes plus a center median. The construction was identified as a 2005 ballot issue project and will cost $16.1 million. The estimated completion date is fall or summer of 2010.

Ceremonial shovels are lined up at the corner of Scott Boulevard and Chapel Hill Road before Friday's groundbreaking.
Boone County Commissioner Ken Pearson, Fourth Ward Councilman Jerry Wade, Fifth Ward Councilwoman Laura Nauser and Mayor Darwin Hindman cut the ribbon at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Scott Boulevard expansion project Friday. The project will widen the street to four lanes and includes bicycle lanes and new sidewalks.

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