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City roadway vote postponed

Friday, August 27, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 7:56 p.m. CDT, Friday, June 27, 2008

[Note: this story has been modified since its original posting to correct errors.]

Two dozen residents attended a public hearing Thursday afternoon at the City Council Chambers to add input to the Columbia Area Transportation Study Organization’s proposed changes to the city’s roadway plan.

But not enough of the organization’s members stuck around for the committee to make its quorum and take a vote.

City Manager Ray Beck adjourned the hearing at 6 p.m. after several members had left.

The committee had been set to address changes to Scott Boulevard, Fairview Road and West Broadway. The hearing followed the quarterly meeting of the coordinating committee of CATSO, the group that coordinates long-term transportation planning for the city and Boone County.

The CATSO technical committee recommended these changes to conform to the Missouri Department of Transportation preliminary designs for the improvement of Interstate 70.

Stephanne Walker lives south of Worley Street on Scott Boulevard, which would be extended north to I-70 under the CATSO amendments. Walker said she had not seen maps of the proposed changes before the hearing, but she was not optimistic.

“Columbia’s roads need a lot of work now — I can’t imagine what it will look like later,” she said.

Barbara Geen has lived in the Park de Ville neighborhood for a year and a half. She attended the hearing because of the proposed extensions of the three roads.

Geen said safety — especially for children — was what concerned her most about increasing traffic on Fairview.

After viewing a computer slide show presentation of the roadway-plan changes, several residents approached the lectern to make comments.

John Clark, a resident of the North Central neighborhood, questioned the wisdom of extending both Fairview Road and Scott Boulevard to I-70, which would create two freeway access points within a short distance.

“The Fairview thing just seems to me to be stupid,” Clark said.

Ron Walkenbach, a resident of the Broadway Farms subdivision, thought the addition of I-70 interchanges would only shift traffic problems.

“I think we’re trading one traffic congestion at Stadium and I-70 for traffic congestion at Fairview and Broadway,” Walkenbach said.

A continuation of the hearing has been scheduled tentatively for Thursday, Sept. 30.


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