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Columbia plans public meeting for new Ashland Road sidewalk

Monday, August 19, 2013 | 5:59 p.m. CDT; updated 5:27 p.m. CDT, Sunday, August 25, 2013
The Columbia Public Works Department will present its plan for a new sidewalk at a public meeting Sept. 9. The sidewalk, which is marked in red, would run along Ashland Road between Stadium Boulevard and East Campus Drive.

COLUMBIA — The Columbia Public Works Department will hold a public meeting Sept. 9 to present its plan for a new sidewalk on Ashland Road between Stadium Boulevard and East Campus Drive.

City officials hope the sidewalk will increase safety for pedestrians and cyclists.

Congestion has increased on Ashland Road with the opening of new student housing on Stadium Boulevard.

"It's a safety issue," department spokesman Steven Sapp said. "We have people cycling and walking on a narrow roadway."

The new sidewalk would connect to an existing pathway, allowing pedestrians to walk along Ashland Road between Stadium Boulevard and College Avenue.

The department wants to complete the project, which still needs approval from the Columbia City Council, between spring and fall 2014. The sidewalk's projected cost of $256,000 could come from the Annual Sidewalk Capital fund and the Transportation Sales Tax, according to a news release.

The proposal also includes a new crosswalk at the intersection of Stadium Boulevard and Ashland Road.

The public meeting will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in Shepard Boulevard Elementary School at 2616 Shepard Blvd.

Supervising editor is Richard Webner.


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