Public hearings during council meeting will focus on Stadium, Business Loop 70 improvements

Wednesday, June 16, 2010 | 11:00 a.m. CDT; updated 3:15 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, June 16, 2010

COLUMBIA — City Council will hold two public hearings at its meeting at 7 p.m. Monday: One to discuss the Business Loop 70 sidewalk and one to discuss the Stadium Boulevard corridor improvements.

The meeting will be in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 701 E. Broadway.

The project for the new sidewalk on Business Loop 70, from Jackson to Jefferson streets, corresponds with the construction of a 12-inch waterline along the same corridor. Construction begins this year, and the project’s total cost is estimated to be $200,000.

The reconstruction of Stadium Boulevard includes multiple improvements on:

  • Stadium Boulevard, from Broadway to Interstate 70
  • Bernadette Drive, from Fairview Road to Beverly Drive
  • Fairview Road, from Worley Street to Bernadette Drive
  • Worley Street, from Bernadette Drive to the Columbia Mall traffic signal

The project will cost an estimated $19.6 million and is a joint venture of the Missouri Department of Transportation and three Transportation Development Districts. Construction will begin later this year and will continue through 2013.

Detailed maps and a schedule can be found at

Contact the Public Works Department at 874-7250 for more information.


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Scott Hill June 16, 2010 | 2:23 p.m.

I live near the corner of West Briarwood, I will be attending the meeting. I'm curious to see how much of my yard this will be taking up. What will be done about my fence? I am fairly new to the area, other residents were there during previous expansions and have lost part of their property and with the increased noise level, make their back yards unbearable. The noise isn't as much of an issue for me personally, but I certainly don't want to lose what trees I have in my back yard as a buffer.

The "right in and right out" median is not needed in my opinion. It will create more traffic onto other parts of the street as other streets and people go about avoiding it. If I need to go west, it will be a pain just to go a few blocks, or coming from the east I will have to loop around to the south.

What does need to be addressed is the right turn lane onto Broadway there. People do not stop very often, if at all, I think there needs to be at least a stop sign if not a extra signal light on the right turn lane. This is also a problem for the people turning left onto W. Broadway, especially people that live on W. Briarwood, since you have to immediately get in the right lane and slow to turn.

There are more issues that have been expressed by residents in my neighborhood, and I'm sure those will come out in the meetings. I urge anyone and everyone interested to come and voice an opinion.


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