Public hearing for Vandiver and Parker roundabout

7 months 2 weeks 4 days ago Monday, July 03 2017 Jul 3, 2017 Monday, July 03, 2017 2:56:00 PM CDT July 03, 2017 in News
By: Hayley Russell, KOMU 8 Reporter

COLUMBIA - The City Council will meet to have the first public hearing for a proposed roundabout at the intersection of Vandiver Drive and Parker Street.

The roundabout proposal was first introduced to the public in during an interested party meeting held in May.

The intersection now has two stop signs on both sides of Parker Street while Vandiver Drive has the right of way. The intersection has been a topic of concern since 2014.

Columbia resident Robert Jones says he thinks there needs to be improvement to the intersection.

“Basically the traffic is moving too fast down through here and you can’t always see around the corner,” Jones said.

And while Jones says there should be improvement he says it shouldn’t be in the form of a roundabout.

“People don’t stop at the roundabouts we got, people just shoot through. A traffic light slows down traffic and that's what needs to happen,” Jones said.

While some of the residents don’t support the roundabout, nearby Columbia Honda thinks it will be a good idea and will increase visibility in the area.

The roundabout would be single lane and be similar to the roundabout currently on Vawter School Road and Scott Blvd.

If passed the construction would take place in 2019. According to the City of Columbia the roundabout would cost $900,000 and be paid for through 2015 Capital Improvement Sales Tax.

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