Open house planned on alternate routes for Scott Boulevard closure

Friday, October 25, 2013 | 4:44 p.m. CDT
During Phase II of the Scott Boulevard construction project, Scott Boulevard will be closed between Vawter School Road and Bellview Drive. The Department of Public Works has provided information about alternate commuter routes from the surrounding area to various parts of Columbia. There will be an open house to discuss the project and the impact on traffic at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Mill Creek Elementary School.

COLUMBIA — Columbia Public Works will hold an open house Tuesday evening to inform people about modifications to the Scott Boulevard Project, including sharing alternative routes they can take while the street is closed for construction.

Scott Boulevard has been undergoing work since 2009. Phase I of the project was completed in 2011.

Phase II requires closing Scott Boulevard from Bellview Drive to south of Vawter School Road. The section will close in early 2014, and Public Works hopes to reopen it by early fall, said Steven Sapp, public information specialist for Columbia Public Works.

"The closure benefits of a phase approach are that we can finish the project quicker by closing it completely with no traffic," Sapp said. "It also saves a substantial amount of money, at a minimum of $1.5 million."

During Phase II, the bridge over Hinkson Creek will be rebuilt, and a roundabout will be built at the intersection of Scott Boulevard and Vawter School Road.

Sapp said Public Works did research to discover alternative routes that are expected to add minimal time and distance to travel routes.

The project's website lists a few alternative routes and their travel times, including a route from Bellview Drive to Mill Creek Elementary School: Go north on Scott Boulevard to Chapel Hill Road, then go east on Chapel Hill Road to Forum Boulevard. Go south on Forum Boulevard to Nifong Boulevard, which leads to Mill Creek Elementary School. The route should take about 15 minutes.

Sapp said there will be representatives at the meeting from schools in the area, Public Works and emergency services.

"We have been working with Boone County and Columbia officials for two years to make sure it is feasible to use alternative routes and temporary reinforcement to respond to emergencies in a timely manner," Sapp said.

The open house will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Mill Creek Elementary School, 2200 W. Nifong Blvd.

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