City Considers Spending on Sidewalks
COLUMBIA - The city council voted Monday night to improve sidewalks and crosswalks at the intersection of Business Loop 70 and Providence Road. The proposed project would cost between $600,000 and $700,000. City officials believe this would allow citizens to move about more freely and safely by automobile, bus, bicycling, and walking. The project will be funded by the GetAbout project.
Richard Stone with the office of Public Works in Columbia said the money will go toward improving sidewalks in the area and installing pedestrian islands, timers, and push buttons.
City Manager Bill Watkins suggested in a memo the council approve the ordinance "authorizing the acquisition of right of way and easements for the Providence Road and Business Loop 70 intersection improvement project, and associated pedway improvements."
At the city council meeting on October 4th the council heard some opposition to the measure. City Manager Bill Watkins told KOMU the owners of Car Barn and Taco Bell both had concerns "as much to do with the process as they did with the improvements," Watkins said.
P.T.A. President Wally Pfeffer said these improvements are crucial. "If we're going to continue to have the number of students we have at Hickman High, and they're going to continue to seek to have lunch off the campus, which they will continue to do, we need to make it safe for them to get to these places," Pfeffer said.