Bus detours, lane closures to Walnut Street begin Tuesday

Monday, October 29, 2012 | 5:52 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Lane closures and bus detours on Walnut Street are scheduled from Tuesday through Thursday as construction progresses on the Short Street Parking Structure.

Walnut Street from College Avenue to Orr Street will be reduced to one lane of traffic Tuesday and Wednesday, Rob Davis, Columbia Transit safety and training director, said. Both traffic lanes will be closed Thursday, he said. 

Four buses will be rerouted from the beginning of service Tuesday to the end of service Thursday. The affected bus routes are the 107 FastCAT Express, 102 East, 103 North East and 104 South East. Bus stops within the detoured routes will be closed during construction. Passengers can board the appropriate bus at the closest active bus stop, according to a press release from Columbia Transit.

Along with the parking structure construction, there is also work going on at Brookside Apartments on Walnut Street and College Avenue. A crane will be placed next to the apartments, Davis said.

Construction for the apartments and the parking structure and the apartments has been progressing well in the area, according to neighbors. Nick Adzick, 23, said that the construction work wakes him up in the morning, but he understands the crews are doing their jobs.

"I think they're moving right along," Adzick said.

Fellow neighbor Kurt Heitz, 23, agreed. "Progress looks like it's been going at a steady pace," he said.

A map of the four bus route detours is posted on the City of Columbia website. Columbia Transit will post updates on its Twitter feed, along with signs on bus stops and signs and maps on the buses, Davis said.

Bus stop and route information is available from Columbia Transit at 874-7282.

Supervising editor is Karen Miller.

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