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Open house to feature College Avenue, Broadway pedestrian traffic designs

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 | 9:03 p.m. CST; updated 7:13 a.m. CST, Wednesday, January 22, 2014

COLUMBIA — Plans for pedestrian signals at the intersection of College Avenue and Broadway will be presented to the public at an open house Wednesday.

People at the open house can view and comment on the ideas for the pedestrian signals, which include audible signals and countdown timers. Steven Sapp, spokesman for the Columbia Public Works Department, said representatives from the Disabilities Commission, Stephens College and Public Works will attend the informal session, which will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in Room 1B at the Daniel Boone City Building.

The College Avenue and Broadway Pedestrian Signals Project is estimated to cost $70,000 and will be financed by the department's annual budget. No official start date has been decided.

"But we do expect the project to start and complete by the end of 2014," Sapp said.

The design plans will be published on the city's website after the meeting.

The city is leading another project to control haphazard crossings across College Avenue. In partnership with MU and the Missouri Department of Transportation, the city has been raising funds for the College Avenue Safety Enhancement Project. The project is financed by a $824,000 grant obtained in May 2013.

In 2009, a study done by MU and Crawford, Bunte, Brammeier, a traffic and transportation engineering firm in St. Louis, found that in two days, 7,500 students crossed College Avenue and 2,500 used the crosswalk at University Avenue.

A first meeting about the intersection with the public was held in November, and another meeting will take place in February. No date for the February meeting has been set.

Supervising editor is John Schneller.


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