COLUMBIA — As the holiday season approaches, the Missouri Department of Transportation plans to improve traffic flow near the Columbia Mall.
Starting Nov. 18, several changes will occur at Stadium Boulevard and Interstate 70 to ease traffic flows and reduce delays.
Cars will only be able to make right-hand turns onto or off the intersection of Stadium Boulevard and I-70 South outer roadway. To drive south on Stadium Boulevard from the east side of the I-70 South outer roadway, drivers must use Beverly and Bernadette drives. To access the northbound lane of Stadium Boulevard from the west side of the I-70 South outer roadway, drivers should use Knipp Street and Bernadette Drive.
Traffic lights will be adjusted to alleviate congestion.
These changes will remain in effect after the holidays in preparation for MoDOT's Route 740 project that will start in the spring.
The project will widen Stadium Boulevard and build a "diverging diamond interchange" at the intersection of I-70 and Stadium Boulevard, according to a MoDOT news release. The improvement project will cost an estimated $15 million and is being funded by MoDOT, the City of Columbia, and two transportation development districts.
Drivers can check for updates at www.modot.org/central.
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