The City Council voted to rescind its previous unanimous decision for starting Phase 1 of the Providence Road improvement. For all people who travel on Providence Road between Rollins and Stadium, this means the congestion and safety of pedestrians is compromised and will continue to be dangerous in the present nine-foot narrow lanes. Since the Missouri Department of Transportation has received an F in traffic movement, it will have to act with or without our input. The two houses concerned in the first phase of demolition are not historic but built in the early '40s and late '30s.
The council needs to be reminded that it is inevitable that Providence must be improved with lights at Burnam and Turner for the safety of all travelers, not just the Grasslands problem. Phase 1 was agreed upon after about 10 years of negotiation with the city, MoDOT and MU. Also, Joan Burns, who lives at Stadium and Providence,, has quickly agreed to have a right turn into Stadium that will take a good section of her property but will allow two lanes to end stoppages of traffic. What is "flawed" about this final agreement? Hundreds of hours are down the tube with this vote. Tinkering with it will only put off the final outcome that MoDOT will decide with or without our input.
I personally thank Barbara Hoppe for her recognition and evaluation of the plan, having been on the council when it was passed unanimously the first time. She and Fred Schmidt seem to understand that we must move on this project before there is a fatality.
To all citizens of Columbia, please join us in traveling this road safely.
Marjo Price is a Columbia resident.