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.

MKT-Parkade Bike Boulevard Update

The MKT to Parkade Bike Boulevard is moving along and we’ve got an update for you.

The city is submitting the plans to MODOT this week and if they have no additional comments, the project will go out to bid in mid to late June. Any construction would start in September at the earliest. (Of course, if MODOT has additional comments, construction would be pushed back until next spring.)

If you’re unfamiliar with the proposed bike boulevard, it is a marked path through the neighborhoods to the south which will connect the Business Loop to the MKT Trail. Cyclists will share the road with cars, although non-residential drivers will be encouraged to take roads such as Garth or West instead. The bike boulevard will also have bike-friendly infrastructure and signage.

This is a great opportunity to connect The Loop to the surrounding neighborhoods and will help us encourage bike travel to work or school. In fact, there is also a planned spur along Forrest Avenue to Hickman High.

For more details, read about it in the Columbia Missourian and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates.

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

COMO Connect Reroutes Buses

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Due to the Rangeline Street closure (May 3-23) and the resulting traffic congestion on Vandiver Drive, COMO Connect Black routes will begin using Big Bear Boulevard. This change will begin on Friday, May 6, and continue through the closure.

Those who would normally board the bus between Vandiver Drive and Big Bear Boulevard will need to access the bus routes at Casey’s General Stores (Northbound) or Wilson’s Fitness (Southbound).

The #3 Brown Route will continue its regular route on Vandiver Drive.

If you have questions, please contact COMO Connect dispatch office at 573-874-7524.

COMO Connect Detours / Rangeline Closing May 3-23

Beginning Tuesday, May 3, Rangeline Street will be closed to all traffic until May 23.

North and southbound traffic will be diverted to Vandiver Drive.

Therefore, COMO Connect routes # 1A and # 1B (Black Line) will be changed as follows:

# 1A northbound will continue west on Business Loop 70 West to a right ?turn (north) onto Providence Road, then turn right (east) on Vandiver Drive, to a left turn (north) onto Rangeline and resume regular schedule.

# 1B southbound will make a right turn (west) from Rangeline onto Vandiver Drive, then turn left (south) on Providence Road, then turn left (east) onto Business Loop 70 East and resume normal schedule.

Bus Stops located on Rangeline between Business Loop 70 and the I-70 overpass will need to get on and off the bus at the Senior Center (northbound) or Fay Street and Business Loop (southbound).

If you have questions, please contact COMO Connect dispatch office at 573-874-7524.

I-70 Bridge Update

Expected traffic impacts week of March 21

Range Line Street remains down to one lane in each direction until approximately March 30 while the contractor builds the new eastbound I-70 bridge and retaining walls at Range Line.

The left southbound lane is closed from south of Vandiver Drive to south of the eastbound I-70 off-ramp. The right northbound lane will be closed from south of the eastbound I-70 on-ramp to the westbound I-70 off-ramp. 

As a result, there is no access to northbound Range Line from eastbound I-70.  All other ramp movements are open. 

A diagram showing the traffic flow is available on the project website – www.modot.org/ColumbiaBridges.

 

Project completion: 45%

This project is nearing the halfway mark! Here’s a general look at work still to come:

March 28 – Eastbound Business Loop between the entrance to the Comfort Suites and the existing roundabout will close at 7 a.m. on Monday, March 28.  The westbound lane from the roundabout to the west will remain open. Traffic traveling east between Stadium Boulevard to the roundabout will need to go west to Stadium and then use I-70 or city streets to travel east. This closure will last several weeks.

March 28 and 29 – Both southbound lanes of Range Line from the westbound I-70 on-ramp to the eastbound I-70 off-ramp will be closed from 6:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Monday, March 28 and Tuesday, March 29 to set girders on the new eastbound bridge over Range Line. Traffic will be routed to westbound I-70 to Providence.

March 30 – All lanes of Range Line will be open, with only periodic lane closures moving forward. The access from eastbound I-70 to northbound Range Line will re-open. However, there will no longer be a dedicated left turn from southbound Range Line to eastbound I-70 due to the placement of the new bridge supports. Instead, the inside lane will be a shared straight and left-turn lane.

Early April – Eastbound I-70 traffic will be shifted to the new I-70 bridge at Garth.

Early May – Eastbound I-70 traffic will be shifted to the new I-70 bridge at Range Line.

Mid-May – The new bridges at Garth and Range Line will be slid into place, and the old bridges will be demolished.

Early June – Business Loop at I-70 will be closed for 45 days.

Pedestrian Impacts

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

 

View construction progress and traffic flow

Business Loop and Range Line – http://sapp.fullstreamwireless.com/

Garth – http://oxblue.com/open/modot/cams

Winter Break Schedule for MU Tiger Line Shuttles

University of Missouri Tiger Line shuttles will stop all service Friday evening, Dec.18, as MU campus transitions to winter break. The 404 Mizzou North Loop and access vans will end service at 5 p.m., while the 401 Hearnes Loop, 402 Trowbridge Loop and the 403 Reactor Field Loop will end service at 6 p.m. on Dec. 18. None of the night routes will run Friday evening.

As students start to return to campus after winter break, limited service for some routes will start as early as Jan. 13, and normal service for all Tiger Line routes will resume with classes on Tuesday, Jan. 19.

Limited Service Schedule:

404 Mizzou North Loop: Jan. 13-15, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

405 Campus Loop: Jan. 13-15, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Jan. 16, 6 p.m.-1:30 a.m.; Jan. 17, 12 p.m.-1:30 a.m.

406 West Loop: Jan. 16, 12 p.m.-1:30 a.m.; Jan. 17, 12 p.m.-1:30 a.m.

Monday, Jan. 18: ALL TIGER LINE SERVICES CLOSED

Tuesday, Jan. 19: MU classes resume, all routes back on normal schedule.