Part of East Walnut Street to close for construction

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 | 6:08 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — East Walnut Street between Orr Street and College Avenue will be closed Thursday through Aug. 17 because of construction. 

According to the Columbia Department of Public Works, the department and community development staff decided to coordinate several construction projects in order to close the road for one period of time instead of closing and reopening the road several times to accommodate each project. 

The following construction projects are set to be completed during the closing: 

  •  Precast concrete panels for the Short Street Parking Plaza will be placed. The contractor will also remove a crane. 
  • A contractor will do exterior work on the Northlight Building, remove scaffolding and construct a sidewalk along East Walnut.
  • A section of the road will be repaved. 
  • Electricians will install new traffic control signals at East Walnut and College and complete the eastbound Walnut left-turn lane at College.

According to the department, minor lane restrictions may remain in place after Aug. 17 while crews restripe the intersection for the new left-turn lane.

The following Columbia Transit routes will be detoured: 

  • 102 Blue Route
  • 103 Green Route
  • 104 Red Route
  • 107 FastCAT

A map of the route changes is posted on the city website. 

The work schedule is weather-dependent. Cars, bikes and pedestrians will need to find alternate routes. The department said bus riders may experience minor delays.

Supervising editor is Zachary Matson.

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