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Road closures necessary to accommodate construction this week

Monday, August 18, 2014 | 7:03 p.m. CDT; updated 10:28 p.m. CDT, Monday, August 18, 2014

COLUMBIA — A sewer project, a new power line and construction of a sidewalk all will result in some road closures this week, weather permitting.

The Columbia Public Works and Water and Light departments announced the projects, which include:

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Ashland Road: Construction started Monday on a pedestrian crosswalk island at Ashland Road and Stadium Boulevard. The work will continue through Oct. 1, according to a Public Works Department news release. In addition to the crosswalk island, a new sidewalk extending from north of Stadium on Ashland to the intersection of Ashland and East Campus Drive will be installed.

The project is being funded by the Get About Columbia Program and will cost an estimated $169,100.

East Broadway: Installation of a new electric feeder line on East Broadway between Ann Street and Green Valley Drive will begin “midweek,” Ryan Williams, assistant director for Water and Light, said.

The project, which is part of the larger Rebel Hill power line extension to boost downtown electric capacity by seven to eight megawatts, will continue through mid-September and cause intermittent closures of the south lane of East Broadway, Williams said.     

Official start plans are still being made by Sellenriek Construction, which will install underground electric conduits along the route, Williams said. Crews might need to block sidewalks and apartment parking lot access points, but that decision will “be left up to the foreman.”

Specific project costs are figured into the greater $1.4 million Rebel Hill project.  

Ridgeway Avenue: Construction of a sewer main in the 300 block of Ridgeway Avenue will begin at 7 a.m. Tuesday, Public Works spokesman Steven Sapp said.

Ridgeway will be closed to through traffic on Tuesday but is expected to reopen in the late evening. Area residents already have been notified of alternate routes, Sapp said.    

All drivers are being urged to use caution when in work zones.

Supervising editor is Scott Swafford.


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