Residents Voice Concerns at College Avenue Open House Meeting

2 years 6 months 3 days ago November 19, 2013 Nov 19, 2013 Tuesday, November 19 2013 Tuesday, November 19, 2013 5:37:00 PM CST in News
By: Jonathan Deutsch, KOMU 8 Reporter

COLUMBIA - The Columbia Public Works Department held an open house meeting for the College Avenue Safety Enhancement (CASE) project on Tuesday evening.

A 2009 study done by the University of Missouri and Crawford, Bunte, Brammeier found that nearly 19,000 vehicles drive on College Avenue between University Avenue and Bouchelle Avenue. The study also found that in two days, 7,500 students crossed College Avenue, but only 2,500 used the crosswalk at University Avenue.

The City of Columbia has a $824,000 grant for the project. The city will develop three alternatives for crossings and/or medians, then present those to the public in another open house meeting, then eventually take it to city council. The city doesn't expect it to be ready for city council until mid-to-late 2014.

At the end of the study, a plan was proposed to insert a median along College Avenue. Within the median there would be two mid-block crosswalks. If this plan were put in place, many people fear the city would put a fence on top of the median to prevent people from walking across where there is no crosswalk.

"We don't have anything like that designed yet," Scott Bitterman, the street manager of Columbia, said.

"There's some concern about a vertical barrier. Some folks don't want to lose a left turning barrier that they might have today. Other concerns are aesthetics."

Most of the people who showed up for the meeting at city hall were against what the city has developed thus far.

"I'm not happy with the plan because I don't think it'll solve the problem," MU student Bobby Hofman said. "I don't think that you can litigate safety and I think that this will actually just further the problem and make it more dangerous because they're going to be trying to squeeze all of the residents of East Campus into....two crosswalks."

There is no set date for the next public meeting.

More News

Grid
List
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A Kansas City Fire Department investigation attributes the deaths of two firefighters at least partly on... More >>
45 minutes ago May 24, 2016 May 24, 2016 Tuesday, May 24 2016 Tuesday, May 24, 2016 7:37:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Charges were filed against a driver in relation to a police chase in Jefferson City on Tuesday.... More >>
1 hour ago May 24, 2016 May 24, 2016 Tuesday, May 24 2016 Tuesday, May 24, 2016 6:57:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - The Missouri Department of Economic Development (MDED) named Boone County the fastest-growing county in the state of Missouri... More >>
2 hours ago May 24, 2016 May 24, 2016 Tuesday, May 24 2016 Tuesday, May 24, 2016 5:56:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - The next time drivers head down Grindstone Parkway in Columbia, they may notice a sign telling them to... More >>
2 hours ago May 24, 2016 May 24, 2016 Tuesday, May 24 2016 Tuesday, May 24, 2016 5:39:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri Auditor Nicole Galloway said a state board created to advocate for small businesses against government... More >>
2 hours ago May 24, 2016 May 24, 2016 Tuesday, May 24 2016 Tuesday, May 24, 2016 5:38:00 PM CDT in News
REPUBLIC (AP) — A southwestern Missouri prosecutor said a police officer acted in self-defense when he shot and killed an... More >>
4 hours ago May 24, 2016 May 24, 2016 Tuesday, May 24 2016 Tuesday, May 24, 2016 4:02:00 PM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Latest on the St. Louis shooting death of an 8-month-old boy and the search for... More >>
4 hours ago May 24, 2016 May 24, 2016 Tuesday, May 24 2016 Tuesday, May 24, 2016 3:50:00 PM CDT in News
CAPE GIRARDEAU (AP) — A former Missouri man serving a 20-year sentence for killing his estranged wife and burying her... More >>
4 hours ago May 24, 2016 May 24, 2016 Tuesday, May 24 2016 Tuesday, May 24, 2016 3:46:42 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA – As part of an effort to normalize relations between the United States and Cuba, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon... More >>
4 hours ago May 24, 2016 May 24, 2016 Tuesday, May 24 2016 Tuesday, May 24, 2016 3:41:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA – Beef prices are decreasing. This comes just in time for Memorial Day weekend. According to the Bureau... More >>
4 hours ago May 24, 2016 May 24, 2016 Tuesday, May 24 2016 Tuesday, May 24, 2016 3:40:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri Supreme Court judges say the state doesn't owe two retired judges who later asked for... More >>
5 hours ago May 24, 2016 May 24, 2016 Tuesday, May 24 2016 Tuesday, May 24, 2016 3:05:08 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — The Missouri Supreme Court has upheld two laws that limit the ability of local governments to... More >>
5 hours ago May 24, 2016 May 24, 2016 Tuesday, May 24 2016 Tuesday, May 24, 2016 2:45:04 PM CDT in News
HALLSVILLE – The 2016 Bianchi Cup Action Pistol Championship started Tuesday, attracting competitive shooters from across the world to mid-Missouri.... More >>
5 hours ago May 24, 2016 May 24, 2016 Tuesday, May 24 2016 Tuesday, May 24, 2016 2:35:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Missouri violent and property crime rates are both higher than the national average. The office of the... More >>
6 hours ago May 24, 2016 May 24, 2016 Tuesday, May 24 2016 Tuesday, May 24, 2016 1:52:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Columbia is set to become one of the first communities in the country to join a... More >>
6 hours ago May 24, 2016 May 24, 2016 Tuesday, May 24 2016 Tuesday, May 24, 2016 1:32:16 PM CDT in News
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Ferguson's city attorney says she's stepping down, just a few weeks after the St. Louis suburb... More >>
7 hours ago May 24, 2016 May 24, 2016 Tuesday, May 24 2016 Tuesday, May 24, 2016 12:45:00 PM CDT in News
MEXICO - The Mexico Department of Public Safety is investigating a report of gunshots fired in the area of the... More >>
8 hours ago May 24, 2016 May 24, 2016 Tuesday, May 24 2016 Tuesday, May 24, 2016 11:47:00 AM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Congress is considering whether to add parts of a Missouri town near the Mississippi River... More >>
8 hours ago May 24, 2016 May 24, 2016 Tuesday, May 24 2016 Tuesday, May 24, 2016 11:25:00 AM CDT in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 67°
9pm 70°
10pm 69°
11pm 72°
12am 71°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

8:00p
The Voice
10:00p
KOMU 8 News @ 10
10:35p
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
8:02p
Containment
9:01p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
The Voice
8:00p
The Voice
7:00p
The Flash
8:02p
Containment
9:01p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld