Bike Marking Survey

Columbia Public Works is asking the public to view experimental bike pavement markings at four Columbia intersections and then take an online survey.

The experimental bike markings are currently located on the northbound and southbound approaches of Garth and Broadway, Garth and Worley, West Boulevard and Worley, and West Boulevard and Broadway.

The survey is available on the Public Works website at www.como.gov/publicworks/biking as well as Facebook and Twitter.

Public Works is working in partnership with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) who produces the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) to test the effectiveness of the markings.

“Feedback from the survey will be provided to the FHWA and if successful could be included in future editions of the MUTCD manual,” said Traffic Engineer Lee White. “They were previously tested in a bicycle simulator at the University of Missouri-Columbia’s ZouSim testing lab in 2015.”

All public agencies and owners of private roads open to public travel rely on the MUTCD to bring uniformity to the roadway.

The survey will close on July 5, 2017. If you have special needs or do not have electronic access to the survey, please contact Ted Curtis at (573) 489-8853.

Any bike pavement markings added to Columbia intersections as a result of this survey would be paid for through the Federal Highway Administration’s Non-Motorized Transportation grant that Columbia received in 2012 known as Getabout Columbia.

Vision Zero Discussion Sessions

The City of Columbia City Manager Mike Matthes seeks public input as he works to form the Vision Zero Action Plan.
Vision Zero is an international movement, designed to improve the safety and well-being of communities. It is a philosophy of transportation system design and operations that asserts: safety is the most important factor in transportation planning; traffic deaths and serious injuries are preventable and, therefore, unacceptable; transportation systems should be designed so that user errors are not fatal.

The Columbia City Council recently adopted the Vision Zero Policy, and set a goal of eliminating all traffic deaths and serious injuries by 2030 through three key areas of focus: education, enforcement, and engineering.

Join the City at any of the Vision Zero World Cafe meetings to provide your input as the City and community work together to create the Vision Zero Action Plan. The first session will focus on the area of education and the group will discuss and review each of the education recommendations made in the final report of the Mayor’s Task Force on Pedestrian Safety. It is the City’s intention to further shape and define those recommendations into an Action Plan so that City staff and partners can begin implementation. The city manager will submit a final Action Plan to the City Council by April 30, 2017. The City wants to know how citizens envision these recommendations coming to fruition or what changes should be made.

Education Session:

When: February 28, 2017 : 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Where: City Hall, Conference Room 1A/1B, 701 E. Broadway

Missed the meeting? Click here to submit an education survey

Enforcement Session:

When: March 8, 2017 : 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Where: City Hall, Conference Room 1A/1B, 701 E. Broadway

Missed the meeting? Click here to submit an enforcement survey

Engineering Session:

When: March 13, 2017 : 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Where: City Hall, Conference Room 1A/1B, 701 E. Broadway

Can’t attend? Click here to submit an engineering survey

To learn more about Vision Zero, visit this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkcAZQOzJV0

Loop Corridor Planning Committee

The Loop Corridor Planning Committee is a group of business owners, property owners, residents, city representatives, MODOT representatives, and other various stakeholders who have volunteered to aid in our planning process.

They undertook the job of reviewing our community survey, biking and walking surveys, SWOT analysis, and more. Their objective is to draft a scope of work for a consulting firm. What does the public want to see on the Business Loop? What about business needs? What should our public space look like? How can we transform the Business Loop into an attractive and welcoming boulevard?

If you are interested in reading their comments from the first meeting, you can find them here. The next meeting will be Friday, December 2 at 8:00 am at Parkade, room 128.

Public Inconvenience Fees

The City Council has proposed a Public Inconvenience Fee that charges private developers for every linear foot of sidewalk, parking lane, and traffic lane closed during a construction project. (Read more about this here and here).

The Loop CID Board does have concerns about any proposal that would dampen future development and although most current construction projects have avoided closing down sections of the Business Loop, we did attend the Downtown Leadership Council’s (DLC) public hearing last night to testify.

Our concerns include:

1) Exempting public/governmental bodies (such as utilities, MODOT, CIDs) from this fee when they are undertaking public improvement projects. – ADDRESSED

2) Offering private, non-profit colleges the same exemptions as Columbia Public Schools and MU.

3) Charging a city fee for activities on a MODOT owned road.

4) Given that this is largely a downtown issues, some type of tiered system that recognizes that road space is less limited along the Business Loop than downtown and that even closing one lane for construction will still allow traffic to flow.

5) Some type of consideration for private developments that also improve the public space, such as sidewalks, sewer infrastructure, etc.

The DLC will be discussing this and making a recommendation to Council. We will keep everyone posted on this issue but in the meantime, if you would like to weigh in, you can email both the Downtown Leadership Council and the City Council.

I-70 Bridge Update

icon2

Traffic Impacts Week of Aug. 1

I-70

There will be overnight, single-lane closures on I-70 at Range Line Street on Monday and Tuesday for concrete barrier work.

Business Loop

The Business Loop interchange and all on- and off-ramps are open to traffic. 

Pedestrian Impacts

Visit www.modot.org/ColumbiaBridges for complete information on pedestrian impacts. 

View Construction Progress and Traffic Flow

Business Loop (north side) and Range Line – http://sapp.fullstreamwireless.com/

To learn more about the project or to sign up for weekly email updates, visit the project website at: www.modot.org/ColumbiaBridges. Thanks for your interest and let us know if you have questions or comments about the project!

 

A MODOT Update

icon2Two dual-lane roundabouts, along with an improved configuration,  will move traffic faster and more safely through the highly traveled Business Loop 70/West Boulevard interchange, which will open to traffic at 5 p.m. on Wednesday.

The completion of the interchange marks the last major work to be completed as part of the Columbia I-70 bridges project, an $18 million design-build effort that began last August and included replacing the aging Interstate 70 bridges at Garth Avenue, Range Line Street and Business Loop.

The roundabouts at Business Loop, along with improved traffic flow at I-70 Drive SW and Creasy Springs, were additional improvements provided under Emery Sapp and Sons’ design-build proposal.

“Much of this new interchange work was not included in the project scope, but was provided as part of the design-build process, which provides contractors with a project cost and allows them to determine the best transportation solution,” said Travis Koestner, assistant district engineer for the Missouri Department of Transportation’s Central District. “As a result, Sapp has delivered a complex project on an aggressive timetable with minimal impacts to I-70 traffic.”

With the completion of the Business Loop interchange on Wednesday, only minor construction work remains to close out the project. The bridge replacement effort is likely to finish well ahead of the Oct. 1 deadline.

With the opening of the Business Loop roundabouts on Wednesday, drivers are reminded that they must yield to all traffic in the roundabout before entering. More information about roundabouts, including video animations, as well as detailed project info can be found at www.modot.org/ColumbiaBridges.

I-70 Bridge Update

icon2

Traffic Impacts Week of July 25

Business Loop
· Contractor Emery Sapp and Sons is on schedule to finish work on the new Business Loop 70/West Boulevard interchange on the evening of July 27. Business Loop and all ramps will open on July 27.
· Until then, all on- and off- ramps at Interstate 70 and Business Loop remain closed.
· Those heading to Cosmo Park for the Show Me State Games this weekend (July 22-24) should use Stadium Boulevard as an alternate route. In addition to Stadium, travelers can use Providence Road and Bernadette Drive to get to shops, restaurants and other destinations along Business Loop.
· When completed, the new Business Loop interchange will include two dual-lane roundabouts on the north and south sides of I-70, improved access to I-70 Drive SW and decreased traffic delays on Creasy Springs.
· Median barrier near Range Line St. along I-70 will be finished Monday, 8/1 weather permitting.

Pedestrian Impacts
Visit www.modot.org/ColumbiaBridges for complete information on pedestrian impacts.

View Construction Progress and Traffic Flow
Business Loop (south side) – http://oxblue.com/open/modot/cams
Business Loop (north side) and Range Line – http://sapp.fullstreamwireless.com/

To learn more about the project or to sign up for weekly email updates, visit the project website at: www.modot.org/ColumbiaBridges. Thanks for your interest and let us know if you have questions or comments about the project!

Sunday sewer cleaning project on Providence, Bus Loop

icon2

Columbia Utilities will be performing routine cleaning of sewer pipes along Providence Road and Business Loop 70 on Sunday, July 10 from 7 a.m. until approximately 1 p.m. Crews will be working along Providence Road from Walnut Street to Business Loop 70 and along Business Loop 70 from Rangeline Street to Garth Avenue so there might be temporary roadway restrictions. This project is part of the routine maintenance of the system by the sewer utility. No service disruptions to customers in this area are expected. Motorists are urged to use caution when traveling in this area for the safety of the crews.

Contact:
Gerry Lisby, Sewer Maintenance Supervisor
Columbia Utilities
573-808-0205

I-70 Bridge Project

icon2

Traffic Impacts Week of July 4

I-70

There will be intermittent lane closures in both the eastbound and westbound lanes of I-70 from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. for work at Garth Avenue and Range Line Street.  

Business Loop

  • Business Loop 70/West Boulevard, all on- and off-ramps at Interstate 70 and Business Loop/West Boulevard and the south outer road (I-70 Drive) remain closed to allow for replacing the I-70 bridge over the business loop and building a dual-lane roundabout on the south side of Business Loop 70. 
  • I-70 traffic is detoured onto the Business Loop ramps.
  • The new I-70 bridge at Business Loop was slid into place on June 27.
  • Here’s a time-lapse video of the bridge slide and other work at Business Loop this past week: Watch video

Pedestrian Impacts

Visit www.modot.org/ColumbiaBridges for complete information on pedestrian impacts.  

View Construction Progress and Traffic Flow

Business Loop (south side) – http://oxblue.com/open/modot/cams

Business Loop (north side) and Range Line – http://sapp.fullstreamwireless.com/

 

To learn more about the project or to sign up for weekly email updates, visit the project website at: www.modot.org/ColumbiaBridges.

I-70 Bridge Update

icon2

Traffic Impacts Week of June 27

I-70

There will be intermittent lane closures in both the eastbound and westbound lanes of I-70 from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday for work at Garth Avenue and Range Line Street.  

 Business Loop

  • Business Loop 70/West Boulevard, all on- and off-ramps at Interstate 70 and Business Loop/West Boulevard and the south outer road (I-70 Drive) remain closed to allow for replacing the I-70 bridge over the business loop and building a dual-lane roundabout on the south side of Business Loop 70. 
  • I-70 traffic is detoured onto the Business Loop ramps.
  • The new I-70 bridge at Business Loop will be slid into place on either June 27 or 28.
  • Here’s a time-lapse video showing how much work was completed at Business Loop in just the first week: Watch video

Pedestrian Impacts

Visit www.modot.org/ColumbiaBridges for complete information on pedestrian impacts. 

View Construction Progress and Traffic Flow

Business Loop (south side) – http://oxblue.com/open/modot/cams

Business Loop (north side) and Range Line – http://sapp.fullstreamwireless.com/

To learn more about the project or to sign up for weekly email updates, visit the project website at: www.modot.org/ColumbiaBridges. Thanks for your interest and let us know if you have questions or comments about the project!