More Money Means Better Roads
"We went ahead and took the initiative to receive sentimentals, for transportation needs and projects from around the state, to come here today, to discuss those, present those and ultimately rate those," explained MODOT District 9 Planning Manager Chris Rutledge.
The Columbia Area Transportation Study Organization has several projects it would like to complete. The most important is Scott Boulevard. No sidewalks and non-existing shoulders on both sides of the road are two of the reasons why Scott Boulevard is on the top of the list. The crowded two lane section of the road also lacks traffic signals.
"Initially we're planning one intersection for signalization, to get additional resources from the state would enable us to accelerate that signalization," said CATSO representative Tim Teddy.
CATSO has two other major projects it would like to address, the extension of Stadium Boulevard, which currently ends at Highway 63, and a more environmentally friendly city.
"Really a continuation of the PedNet Project, to continue to build bike lanes, trails, sidewalks, and create barrier-free networks with transit and with schools," explained Teddy.
MODOT will find out the exact amount of available leftover funds later this fall. More than 125 transportation representatives from across the state presented their cases to MODOT today.