Funding issues leave residents in Ashland feeling unsafe

3 years 5 days 5 hours ago Thursday, September 18 2014 Sep 18, 2014 Thursday, September 18, 2014 12:37:00 PM CDT September 18, 2014 in News
By: Julia Avery, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

ASHLAND - Some residents of Lakeview Estates in Ashland said they feel unsafe with the turn to get into their neighborhoods.

Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) recently took away cut-throughs along Highway 63 and added J-turns instead. Statistics show fewer accidents have resulted, but Lakeview residents said they feel anything but safe.

Ashland Mayor Gene Rhorer said the J-turns were put in about three months ago and the city is very happy with them.

Without the cut through, however, going north on the highway is the only option and with the Ashland exit so close, this causes a lot of cars weaving in and out of the right lane. 

One Lakeview Estates resident, Mathew Frank, said he's now worried about his wife when she takes their children to daycare during morning traffic.

"We liked our chances better essentially playing Frogger getting across the highway then we do to merge north onto Northbound Lane into 70 mile traffic," Frank said.

Some people worry the need to go about a mile down the highway to the J-turn could also add time for emergency vehicles to reach the houses on the North side.

Resident and advocate Cecil Payne said he was told going to the J-turn could add up to 15 minutes to the emergency response time depending on traffic. 

Payne said, to make things worse, there is an incorrect sign that shows upcoming restaurants but leads people into the estates instead. This causes some drivers to make sharp turns back onto the highway when they realize they are pulling into neighborhoods, he said.

Lakeview residents have signed a petition to add an access road. They said that would help eliminate the problems involving emergency vehicles and incorrect signage, and would also prevent school buses from illegally backing out of the neighborhood.

MoDOT said since the road in question is not state owned, it is not responsible for any changes. 

Payne said he will not stop fighting until a safer alternative is implemented.

"[The city] is pushing forward to try to find the funding. I've presented the same request to our state representative Caleb Jones and his assistant. They met with us very promptly and I understand they are working on this," Payne said. "They are going to be checking with the federal highway department, because this is a federal highway, to see about funding. They're going to see if there is any grant money available and they're also working with the city." 

Payne said he knows a family that plans to move out because of the unsafe access to their neighborhood.

Multiple residents said it is only a matter of time before someone is seriously injured or killed.

A construction sign lines a road just off Highway 63 as MoDOT crews begin to close off cutaway access to traffic on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, in Ashland, Missouri. MoDOT recently closed off all the cutaways in this area.



A truck drives by on Highway 63 while traffic barriers line the outside of what once served as a traffic cutaway on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, in Ashland, Missouri. MoDOT recently closed off all the cutaways in this area.

Local resident Cecil Payne describes his issues with Liberty Lane and motions toward the road he hopes gets paved in the near future on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, in Ashland, Missouri. Others in the area have put together a petition of 100 signatures to get this road paved.

 

 

 

More News

Grid
List
BOONE COUNTY - The Latter House Kingdom Ministries of Columbia will host their tenth annual Fall Festival today at the... More >>
3 hours ago Saturday, September 23 2017 Sep 23, 2017 Saturday, September 23, 2017 7:59:00 AM CDT September 23, 2017 in News
ELDON - The people of Eldon are rallying around a family whose son suffered a spinal injury during football practice... More >>
16 hours ago Friday, September 22 2017 Sep 22, 2017 Friday, September 22, 2017 7:31:00 PM CDT September 22, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA – A local gym held a fundraiser Friday night, and all it asked for was five minutes. But... More >>
16 hours ago Friday, September 22 2017 Sep 22, 2017 Friday, September 22, 2017 7:03:00 PM CDT September 22, 2017 in News
BOONE COUNTY - One person is dead and three more are injured after a two vehicle crash on I-70. ... More >>
17 hours ago Friday, September 22 2017 Sep 22, 2017 Friday, September 22, 2017 5:53:00 PM CDT September 22, 2017 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Planned Parenthood is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to vacate an appeals court order that slowed... More >>
17 hours ago Friday, September 22 2017 Sep 22, 2017 Friday, September 22, 2017 5:47:00 PM CDT September 22, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Gov. Eric Greitens will begin his first trade mission Saturday when he and First Lady Sheena... More >>
18 hours ago Friday, September 22 2017 Sep 22, 2017 Friday, September 22, 2017 5:20:15 PM CDT September 22, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Thirteen-year-old Jackson Morton was diagnosed with cancer in December 2016. "You can't even describe the emotion at... More >>
18 hours ago Friday, September 22 2017 Sep 22, 2017 Friday, September 22, 2017 4:58:00 PM CDT September 22, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Jefferson City Public Schools Superintendent Larry Linthacum released a letter addressing the three students who posted a picture... More >>
19 hours ago Friday, September 22 2017 Sep 22, 2017 Friday, September 22, 2017 4:05:00 PM CDT September 22, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - The Missouri Orthopaedic Institute is now offering a free sports clinic called Friday Night Lights. Sports physicians... More >>
20 hours ago Friday, September 22 2017 Sep 22, 2017 Friday, September 22, 2017 3:15:00 PM CDT September 22, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA (AP) — A county clerk in central Missouri has determined that Attorney General Josh Hawley lawfully voted in a... More >>
20 hours ago Friday, September 22 2017 Sep 22, 2017 Friday, September 22, 2017 2:59:39 PM CDT September 22, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Twenty-four clinics across the state were selected to receive a federal grant to fund programs that treat... More >>
20 hours ago Friday, September 22 2017 Sep 22, 2017 Friday, September 22, 2017 2:50:00 PM CDT September 22, 2017 in News
HOUSTON, Mo. (AP) — A man and two women are charged in the killing of 17-year-old whose burned remains were... More >>
22 hours ago Friday, September 22 2017 Sep 22, 2017 Friday, September 22, 2017 1:22:00 PM CDT September 22, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - The UM System hired a large public relations firm to help "craft its message and avoid perception crisis,"... More >>
22 hours ago Friday, September 22 2017 Sep 22, 2017 Friday, September 22, 2017 1:21:00 PM CDT September 22, 2017 in News
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — The property owner of a former homeless camp site is suing a southwest Missouri city and a... More >>
22 hours ago Friday, September 22 2017 Sep 22, 2017 Friday, September 22, 2017 1:17:30 PM CDT September 22, 2017 in News
NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart is testing a new service that lets a delivery person walk into your home when... More >>
23 hours ago Friday, September 22 2017 Sep 22, 2017 Friday, September 22, 2017 12:35:16 PM CDT September 22, 2017 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis County outlet mall is being targeted by protesters one week after a judge... More >>
23 hours ago Friday, September 22 2017 Sep 22, 2017 Friday, September 22, 2017 11:48:00 AM CDT September 22, 2017 in News
ST. JOSEPH (AP) — St. Joseph police are investigating the death of a 77-year-old woman as a homicide and her... More >>
1 day ago Friday, September 22 2017 Sep 22, 2017 Friday, September 22, 2017 11:08:00 AM CDT September 22, 2017 in News
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A second man has been charged with killing one man and wounding two others at a... More >>
1 day ago Friday, September 22 2017 Sep 22, 2017 Friday, September 22, 2017 10:44:53 AM CDT September 22, 2017 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 84°
12pm 87°
1pm 89°
2pm 90°
3pm 91°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

11:30a
English Premier League Soccer
1:30p
PGA Tour Golf
5:30p
NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt
11:30a
Unlikely Animal Friends
12:00p
Made in Hollywood
12:30p
The King of Queens

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
Dateline NBC
9:00p
Saturday Night Live
7:00p
Family Guy
7:30p
Family Guy
8:00p
Bob's Burgers
8:30p
Bob's Burgers
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld