Garth Avenue sidewalk plans to be discussed at Wednesday open house

Sunday, September 1, 2013 | 4:15 p.m. CDT; updated 6:14 p.m. CDT, Sunday, September 1, 2013
Columbia City Council will hear plans for a 5-foot wide sidewalk along Garth Avenue near Parkade Elementary on Wednesday. The sidewalk, which would include a crosswalk with pedestrian-activated flashing signals, would be part of Missouri’s Safe Route to Schools Program.

COLUMBIA — The Columbia Public Works Department wants feedback on proposed sidewalk plans for Garth Avenue. 

The city will hold an informal open house from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Parkade Elementary School's Media Center. 

Earlier in the year, a Public Works committee approved the construction of a 5-foot sidewalk on the east side of Garth Avenue between Parkade Boulevard and Leslie Lane. The plans also call for a 25-foot crosswalk south of the intersection at Parkade Boulevard and Garth Avenue.

The city is exploring the possibility of installing pedestrian-activated flashing lights similar to those found on Broadway at that intersection as well, Public Works spokesman Steven Sapp said.

City officials will present design concepts for the project at the meeting.

After the public hearing, the plan will be presented to the Columbia City Council for approval. If the plan is approved, construction of the sidewalk should take place in 2014, Sapp said.

The project is estimated to cost $294,000 and will be paid for through the city's Annual Sidewalk Capital fund and with federal money.

Anyone who can't go to the meeting can email comments or questions about the project to or share comments with Sam Budzyna at 573-874-7250.

Supervising editor is Edward Hart.

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