Mexico Gravel Road completed

Thursday, November 18, 2010 | 6:22 p.m. CST; updated 6:53 p.m. CST, Friday, November 19, 2010
The reconstruction of Mexico Gravel Road from Vandiver Road to Route PP has been completed. The project includes roundabouts to create better connectivity between U.S. 63 and Route PP. Sidewalks and bike paths were added on both sides of Mexico Gravel Road. On the north side, the sidewalk is 5 feet wide, and on the south, it is 8 feet wide.

COLUMBIA — Local and state officials will celebrate the newly renovated Mexico Gravel Road on Friday. The $4.4 million dollar project was approved in a 2005 ballot initiative to renovate the roadway from Vandiver Drive to Route PP.

The roadway also connects Mexico Gravel Road to U.S. 63.


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The renovated roadway includes sidewalks on both sides of the road and bike lanes.

One major improvement to the road is a roundabout at Route PP, said Jill Stedem, spokesperson for the Columbia Public Works Department.

"The roundabout replaced a dangerous curve that was there before," she said.

Public works cooperated with the Missouri Department of Transportation on the project, Stedem said.

"We work very closely with M0DOT on all of our projects, but it’s a major connector to Highway 63," Stedem said.

The $4.4 million project was funded by the quarter-cent capital improvement sales tax, special road district tax, development fees and the capital funds balance, according to a news release.

Construction began on the roadway in the spring and was completed this fall, Stedem said. Emery Sapp and Sons was responsible for the project's construction.

The ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the corner of Wellington Drive and Mexico Gravel Road. Mayor Bob McDavid, Third Ward Councilman Gary Kespohl and M0DOT officials will speak at the ceremony.

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Bill Fisher November 19, 2010 | 3:56 a.m.

Nice, I'm glad it's finally done. I was able to sneak through on my bike a few times, but it's been a huge problem for vehicles while the road has been closed for construction.

I remember hearing on KOMU that Columbia has around 34 round-abouts now, although I've never counted more than maybe 20. I hope they keep putting them in, because traffic flows so much better than with 4-way stops or traffic lights.

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