COLUMBIA — Two new traffic signals opened Thursday near Columbia Mall, along with three new entrances from Bernadette Drive to the mall property, as part of the ongoing renovations meant to alleviate traffic near Stadium Boulevard and Interstate 70.
According to a Missouri Department of Transportation news release, the new entrances are located Bernadette Drive's intersections with:
- Bernadette Place, north of the Target entrance
- Knipp Street, near the Holiday Inn Executive Center and Drury Inn
- Hutchens Drive, west of the Holiday Inn Executive Center.
Traffic lights were added at the Knipp and Hutchens entrances to ease left and right turning. The additions are meant to enhance safety and make for easier travel.
The $12.8 million of renovations to alleviate traffic around Stadium and I-70 are scheduled to be completed in early 2014. That construction included the diverging diamond interchange that opened Oct. 13, according to the release.
Work is expected to continue on the project, widening Stadium Boulevard from I-70 to south of Broadway.
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