Rolling Hills Road gets $3.9M upgrade

Thursday, September 5, 2013 | 6:54 p.m. CDT; updated 10:59 a.m. CDT, Friday, September 6, 2013
The city of Columbia and Boone County worked together on a project spanning approximately 1.12 miles from East Broadway to New Haven Road. Rolling Hills Road is now paved and expanded to improve traffic.

COLUMBIA—Rolling Hills Road, where Northern District Commissioner Janet Thompson used to ride horses in the late '80s and early '90s, will be dedicated for improvements Friday morning.

"It used to be a little bitty gravel road," said Thompson. "Paved and expanded, Rolling Hills Road will now be able to handle traffic in a safe and efficient way."

The project, which extended approximately 1.12 miles from East Broadway to New Haven Road, allowed Rolling Hills to become a major quarter for traffic, Thompson said.  

"It's a total transformation of this area," Thompson said. "Traffic will no longer be bottlenecked at Highway 63 and Interstate 70." 

On a larger scale, the development of Rolling Hills as a north-south thoroughfare has been going on since 2009 which is huge for traffic flow, she said.

According to Boone County documents, the Purchasing and Resource Management Department recommended that the Boone County Commission accept a bid from Emery Sapp & Sons Inc., a civil contractor headquartered in Columbia, Mo., because they "offered the lowest and best bid." 

The project, which was divided between the city and the county, ended up costing $1.2 million and $2.7 million respectively. 

"The project was finished in the allotted time frame and came in under budget," said Thompson. 

The dedication of Rolling Hills Road improvements will be held 9 a.m. Friday at Rolling Hills Road and Hawk Perch Drive and will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony. 

"Rights of way and easements were obtained from the landowners," said Thompson. "It's great to celebrate this kind of cooperation between the city and the county and all the land owners that helped make it possible." 

If traffic continues to increase in this area the improvements made to Rolling Hills Road make it possible to eventually add additional lanes, expanding the road even more, Thompson said. 

Supervising editor is Stephanie Ebbs.

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