Vote expected on the next phase of the Scott Blvd. project

3 years 2 months 2 weeks ago Monday, February 02 2015 Feb 2, 2015 Monday, February 02, 2015 3:04:00 PM CST February 02, 2015 in News
By: Jessica Mensch, KOMU 8 Reporter

COLUMBIA - The Columbia City Council is scheduled to vote Monday night on a measure to begin the third phase of the Scott Boulevard improvement project.

This third phase of the plan would institute improvements along the stretch of Scott Boulevard from Vawter School Road to Route KK. It would add bicycle paths, expand the roads to four-lanes, add a bridge, and rebuild sidewalks; however, Columbia Public Relations Specialist Steven Sapp said the project could cause more road closures, traffic delays, or detours in the area.

"We haven't done our final design or chosen a contractor yet, so we don't know exactly what delays we'll have. But people who use that corridor should be prepared for delays and at least short-term road closures," Sapp said. 

The plan is expected to cost around $11.6 million, according to a city council report.

"Well all of this is tax-payer money, but yes this was a budgeted expense. So we don't foresee going out and asking for additional money from different funds," Sapp said.

KOMU 8 News talked to more than 10 residents who live in neighborhoods along the area of Scott Boulevard that would be under reconstruction in phase 3. All of the residents said it could be be somewhat inconvenient for them. 

"I will probably have to take a different route to work which can be a little annoying," resident Anne Bills said.

Every resident KOMU 8 News talked with, however, said they are in favor of the project.

"It will make our road safer," resident Al Vargesko said. "It would be a good thing overall for the growth of Columbia."

The two measures the council is scheduled to vote on Monday would authorize construction and allow the city to acquire easements along Scott Boulevard from Vawter School Road to Route KK.

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