Public invited to meeting about planned Route K bike lane

Tuesday, June 28, 2011 | 12:47 p.m. CDT; updated 4:03 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Richard Foley of Columbia rides down Route K on June 22. This stretch of Route K is included in a plan to widen the road to include bike lanes from Missouri 163 to the Katy Trail in McBaine. Foley said that Route K as it follows the river is one of the prettiest roads in Columbia and that even a small margin of extra space for cyclists would help a lot.

COLUMBIA — An open house to discuss a $2 million plan to add 4-foot shoulders and a bicycle lane to seven miles of Route K will be held July 7 by the Missouri Department of Transportation.

Resources available at the meeting will include diagrams, aerial photos and general information, said Trent Brooks, a transportation project manager for MoDOT.

Event details

What: Informal open house to discuss Route K shoulder and bike lane plans

When: 4 to 6:30 p.m. on July 7

Where: Rock Bridge High School cafeteria

Who can attend: The public

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A recently completed trail that runs parallel to South Providence Road will be connected to the Katy Trail in McBaine by the new bicycle lane, Brooks said.

Construction is slated to begin during the 2012 construction season. The road will remain open during the entire process.

The open house will be held from 4 to 6:30 p.m. on July 7 in the Rock Bridge High School cafeteria, 4303 S. Providence Road

The plan:

  • Seven miles of 4-foot shoulders on both sides of Route K and a bike lane will be added from the intersection at Missouri 163 to the Katy Trail in McBaine.
  • Mailboxes will be relocated and driveway entrances modified along the route.
  • Construction will take place simultaneously with a separate project to resurface Route K driving lanes.

MoDOT's press release from  is available here

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Richard Saunders June 28, 2011 | 2:16 p.m.

So, I guess the current trail from Columbia to McBaine isn't pretty enough?

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Nathan Alexander June 28, 2011 | 2:25 p.m.

$2 million!?!? Wow, and how many jobs did MoDOT just have to cut??? Seems like a great use of tax dollars to me.

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Ken Geringer June 28, 2011 | 4:47 p.m.

Great idea. Can't afford it. What's next?

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Paul Allaire July 6, 2011 | 6:38 p.m.

You are all the same jackasses who get on here just to complain about the cyclists taking up "your" space on the same stretch of road. Suck it up.

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Laura Johnston July 6, 2011 | 7:48 p.m.

@Paul Allaire: Let's remember to be civil with the comments. Everyone's welcome to join the conversation.

Laura Johnston, interactive news editor

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