City moving forward on Rolling Hills Road

Friday, September 3, 2010 | 6:44 p.m. CDT; updated 7:35 p.m. CDT, Friday, September 3, 2010

COLUMBIA — A $4 million extension of Rolling Hills Road in eastern Columbia should begin within the year.

Two ordinances pertaining to the long-anticipated road project appear on the Tuesday agenda of the Columbia City Council. One authorizes the acquisition of easements for the road; the other calls for bids on the project.

The road is part of a planned network of roads for east Columbia that are intended to accommodate a rush of development in the area.

The city already has $560,000 for the project, according to a report to the council written by Public Works Director John Glascock. It still needs another $3.54 million that should come from capital improvement sales tax, the county road tax rebate, development fees and transportation sales tax.

The new Rolling Hills Road will be a half mile long, extending from the northern boundary of the Old Hawthorne Development at Route WW and continuing north to East Richland Road. 

Jill Stedem, spokeswoman for the Public Works Department, said that if the council passes the ordinances, the city probably would start construction on the road in fiscal 2011, which begins Oct. 1.

The ordinances will be introduced for first reading at Tuesday's council meeting and are scheduled to be up for a final vote on Sept. 20.

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