The time has come for East Broadway to get a face-lift.
During a meeting that also featured the approval of a few rezoning requests, the Columbia City Council on Monday took the last step in expanding East Broadway to four lanes from Old Highway 63 to U.S. 63 by selecting Emery Sapp and Sons Inc. as the contractor for the $4.78 million project.
“The work should begin shortly after council approval and should conclude during the next construction session in 2005,” City Manager Ray Beck said.
Beck said the contractors will have 150 working days from the time the contract is signed to complete the project.
Stuart King, a design engineer with the city’s Public Works Department, said the work will be completed in phases so two-way traffic will be maintained throughout the construction process.
The Missouri Department of Transportation will cover most of the project’s expenses, King said. The city also received over $338,000 from federal Surface Transportation Enhancement Funds to construct sidewalks along the road. Overall, the project is expected to cost less than the $5 million estimate the city made in the spring.
Along with expanding East Broadway, the plans also call for traffic lights and turn lanes along the stretch of road to help alleviate traffic from residents of Broadway Village apartments, shoppers heading to the Wal-Mart Supercenter and motorists looking to hop onto U.S. 63.
A 6-foot-wide sidewalk will run on the south side of the road from Old Highway 63 to Hinkson Creek. A 9-foot-wide pedway, a paved path for bicyclists and pedestrians, will run on the north side of the road next to Stephens Lake Park, dip below the roadway and run adjacent to the creek and then reappear on the south side of the road and continue to Trimble Road.
The pedway will act like an underpass, helping pedestrians and bicyclists get from Stephens Lake Park to the other side of the street, King said.
The City Council also:
n Unanimously approved the office development plan for Boys and Girls Town of Missouri. The plan specified designs to install classrooms in two of the residences of the former Woodhaven site on Bearfield Road. The organization is scheduled to purchase the land on Dec. 7.
n Voted 4-3 in favor of rezoning land at 209 and 213 Third Ave. to allow Tom Kardon to build an import auto parts store. The vote followed discussion about the amount of traffic the store would create and whether the location along Providence Road was a good place for commercial development.
n Unanimously approved a rezoning request to allow commercial development on 42 acres of land east of the intersection of Stadium Boulevard and U.S. 63. The council tabled the issue at its Oct. 18 meeting because some neighbors were concerned that developers did not have a plan for what they wanted to build. At Monday’s meeting, the developers presented an amendment to the application that excludes certain types of businesses from being constructed on the property, including pornography stores, lumber yards, coin-operated laundries and mobile home parks. The amended ordinance also requires the developers to submit a traffic study to the council with its development plan.