Columbia City Council to Discuss Keene Street Improvements

Posted: Jul 15, 2013 9:20 AM by Yuqing Pan, KOMU 8 Reporter
Updated: Jul 15, 2013 1:23 PM

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COLUMBIA - The Columbia City Council will discuss Monday whether to make road improvements at the Keene Street and St. Charles Road intersection.

The most urgent priority is to add a northbound right turn lane from Keene Street onto St. Charles Road.

"We've seen new buildings, new tenants moving to those buildings, so with that comes additional traffic," said Columbia Public Works spokesman Steve Sapp. "Keene street runs between I-70 Drive and St. Charles Road so those are the only two outlets for all that traffic to get back to the major roads on Columbia."

Apart fromt the right turn lane, there are several other issues with the intersection. The location currently uses hanging traffic lights with wooden poles. There are no pedestrian signals and there are utility issues east of the intersection.

If the city approves the construction, crews may also need to adjust a 16 inch water main and underground electric lines, as well as overhead lines.

The Columbia Public Works Department has come up with four options for the council to consider:

1. "Minimal" impact northbound right turn lane.

The estimated cost is $145,000 with no pedestrian signal upgrades, and $180,000 with pedestrian upgrades.

2. Northbound right turn lane and westbound left turn lane - St. Charles Road construction to the south.

The estimated cost is $420,000.

3. Northbound right turn lane and westbound left turn lane - St. Charles Road construction to the north.

The estimated cost is $420,000.

4. Conversion to a roundabout.

The estimated cost is $510,000.

To view detailed plans, visit the city's website.

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