City Council approves first phase of Forum Boulevard improvements

Monday, March 19, 2012 | 9:32 p.m. CDT; updated 9:43 p.m. CDT, Monday, March 19, 2012
The Columbia City Council held a public hearing Monday on the first phase of proposed changes to Forum Boulevard between Katy Lane and Shoreside Drive. The first phase involves widening Forum between Katy Lane and the Hinkson Creek bridge to allow left-turn lanes at Victoria Park and the MKT trailhead. Phase Two, which will be the subject of a future public hearing, calls for restriped lanes, a pedestrian path from Katy Lane to Wilson’s Total Fitness and a left-turn lane and pedestrian crosswalk at Wilson’s Total Fitness.

COLUMBIA — The City Council approved Monday the addition of left-turn lanes on Forum Boulevard into the Victoria Park driveway and the MKT Nature and Fitness Trail driveway in southwest Columbia.

According to a previous Missourian article, a public meeting regarding potential improvements to Forum Boulevard was held Jan. 24 at the Country Club of Missouri. There were more than 100 people in attendance who gave a lot of feedback at that meeting.

There was no public comment at the council's public hearing Monday night.

The plan presented at the Jan. 24 meeting consisted of two construction phases, according to the Missourian article.

The first phase of this construction plan — the left-turn lanes — was approved Monday and is estimated to cost $200,000 from capital improvement sales tax funds. It is set to be finished by the end of this year.

Phase two of this project would widen Forum Boulevard to four lanes, add a pedestrian bridge over Hinkson Creek and construct a pedestrian crosswalk at Wilson's Total Fitness driveway, among other changes. At the Jan. 24 meeting, it was estimated that phase two would cost roughly $850,000.

In other council action:

  • The City Council voted to bring forward an ordinance to authorize a bid call for the construction of a public drop-off facility at the Columbia landfill. Pending approval by the City Council, construction could begin as soon as this summer, according to city documentation.
  • A representative from the PedNet Coalition summarized the results of two public forums on the future of the city's bus system. Sam Robinson, director of healthy community initiatives for the transit advocacy group, said residents in the First and Sixth Wards expressed the most interest in adding Sunday bus service and increased frequency of bus service. A third transit forum, to be hosted by Fourth Ward Councilman Daryl Dudley, is scheduled for April 26 at the Activity and Recreation Center. A fourth forum, to be hosted by Fifth Ward Councilwoman Helen Anthony, is tentatively scheduled for May 3.
Missourian reporters Dani Kinnison and Jacob Kirn contributed to this report.

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