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Committee to hold hearing on 2013 transportation projects and plans

Monday, August 20, 2012 | 4:18 p.m. CDT; updated 3:41 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, August 21, 2012

COLUMBIA— A committee in charge of Columbia's roadways, public transportation and pedestrian facilities will hold a public hearing Thursday regarding proposals for the 2013 fiscal year. 

The Columbia Area Transportation Study Organization Coordinating Committee has two proposals up for review:

One proposal is the Transportation Improvement Program, a list of all federally funded transportation projects for the Columbia Metro Area from 2013 to 2016. New projects included in the 2013 program are:

  • Roadway pavement work on Missouri 163 between Stadium Boulevard and Route K.
  • Roadway pavement work on U.S. 63 from U.S. 54 to near the Broadway Exit.
  • Capacity improvements on Route Z from St. Charles Road to Interstate 70. 
  • Phase I of reconstruction of the interchange of I-70 and Scott Boulevard.
  • Reconstructing Highview Avenue from Jewell Avenue to Jefferson Street.
  • A traffic mitigation project at Broadway and Short Street related to the construction of a new parking garage.
  • Construction of a new sidewalk on the north side of Worley Street from Clinkscales Road to Bernadette Drive.
  • Improvements to the Bike Boulevard System; to sidewalks along Ashland and Fairview roads and Manor Drive; and to the Forum Boulevard pedestrian bridge at Hinkson Creek.
  • Replacement of a bus wash with new equipment and related structures for Columbia Transit.
  • The purchase of two lift-equipped vans and another vehicle for Services for Independent Living.
  • The purchase of lift-equipped vehicles for Organized Alternative Transit System to provide service in the metro area.

The other proposal to be reviewed is the Unified Planning Works Program, a list of transportation planning activities for the coming fiscal year. Work products for 2013 include:

  • Completing and adopting Columbia Imagined, a comprehensive planning effort that remains under way.
  • Adopting updates to the 2007 Sidewalk Master Plan and the 2030 Pedestrian and Bicycle Network Master Plan.
  • Preparing and approving the 2040 update to the 2030 Long-Range Transportation Plan.
  • Updating the Public Transportation and Human Services Transportation Coordination Plan.

The coordinating committee meeting will also include an update of the 2030 Long-Range Transportation Plan.

The public hearing will be from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday in the City Council chambers of the Daniel Boone City Building, 701 E. Broadway.


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