Avenue of the Columns Project Disturbs Downtown Residents

5 years 4 days 7 hours ago Thursday, October 17 2013 Oct 17, 2013 Thursday, October 17, 2013 4:44:00 PM CDT October 17, 2013 in News
By: Crystall Cho, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - The Public Works Department is working on its Avenue of the Columns project, a multi-year project which requires several phases of construction along Eighth St.

"From the courthouse columns to the Jesse columns, it's part of the overall downtown beautification program," Public Works Department public information officer Steven Sapp said.

The department's street division removed a sidewalk on Eighth St. next to Bank of America Thursday morning.

"We're removing the sidewalk and putting in an ADA compliant [one] to go with the theme of the Avenue of the Columns project," Sapp said. "We'll be using some pavers as well as specific tree grates."

The Public Works Street Division worked at the intersection of Eighth St. and Broadway this summer and finished up last month.

"After we put down the new crosswalks with pillars, our traffic engineers noticed that some of the pavers were starting to break up," Sapp said, "low volume pavers that weren't able to handle the traffic volume and some other issues that needed to be remedied."

Residents who live in the lofts above this intersection said the construction has been hard to live with.

"It honestly sucks," Jackie Dicarlo said. "I can get used to the traffic noise but waking up to a jackhammer every morning is a little difficult to get used to. At least warn us and don't start before 7 a.m."

Sapp said he is aware that the construction upsets people.

"It's noisy, it's a little dusty and we try to mitigate that as best as we can, but we do have a number of projects in downtown that we need to take care of," Sapp said.

Dicarlo's roommate, Alyssa Champion, also said the construction along Eighth St. has been disturbing.

"The ground will literally shake, we can feel our doors shaking and I can hear their conversations from our apartment upstairs, so it's really frustrating," Champion said. "Crossroads are blocked off and there's cones everywhere, and it's just a big mess basically."

Sapp said the department typically does not allow its contractors to start before 7 a.m. and will continue to try not to bother businesses and residents.

"The whole Eighth St. is expected to look the same when the project is completed," Sapp said. "But we can't pinpoint an exact completion date."

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA -The next Mega Millions drawing will take place the night of Oct. 23 at 10 p.m. central time. ... More >>
1 hour ago Monday, October 22 2018 Oct 22, 2018 Monday, October 22, 2018 3:57:00 AM CDT October 22, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri's 107th Homecoming has come and gone, but left behind a lot of clean up.... More >>
6 hours ago Sunday, October 21 2018 Oct 21, 2018 Sunday, October 21, 2018 10:34:00 PM CDT October 21, 2018 in News
HERMANN - Neighbors in the town of Hermann, Missouri are still grieving after a fatal accident involving a trolley killed... More >>
7 hours ago Sunday, October 21 2018 Oct 21, 2018 Sunday, October 21, 2018 10:01:00 PM CDT October 21, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The Missouri men’s basketball program suffered a crushing blow Sunday night when it was announced that sophomore power... More >>
9 hours ago Sunday, October 21 2018 Oct 21, 2018 Sunday, October 21, 2018 7:34:00 PM CDT October 21, 2018 in Sports
(CNN) - President Donald Trump announced Saturday that the US is pulling out of the landmark Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty... More >>
12 hours ago Sunday, October 21 2018 Oct 21, 2018 Sunday, October 21, 2018 4:20:00 PM CDT October 21, 2018 in News
(CNN) - The Washington Post says Saudi Arabia's announcement about the death of contributing columnist Jamal Khashoggi is not an... More >>
14 hours ago Sunday, October 21 2018 Oct 21, 2018 Sunday, October 21, 2018 2:28:00 PM CDT October 21, 2018 in News
COLE COUNTY - One man is dead after being ejected from his motorcycle during a crash Saturday night. Kin... More >>
19 hours ago Sunday, October 21 2018 Oct 21, 2018 Sunday, October 21, 2018 9:15:00 AM CDT October 21, 2018 in News
PECULIAR - Fourth generation dairy farmer Jay Fogle is one of many Missouri milk cow operators who are struggling to... More >>
20 hours ago Sunday, October 21 2018 Oct 21, 2018 Sunday, October 21, 2018 8:45:00 AM CDT October 21, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - One person was killed in a crash late Saturday night on North Stadium Boulevard (State Route E) near... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, October 21 2018 Oct 21, 2018 Sunday, October 21, 2018 12:47:00 AM CDT October 21, 2018 in News
HERMANN - One person was killed and several people were injured in a crash involving a trolley, according to the... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, October 20 2018 Oct 20, 2018 Saturday, October 20, 2018 11:57:00 PM CDT October 20, 2018 in News
(CNN) -- President Donald Trump announced Saturday that the US is pulling out of the landmark Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, October 20 2018 Oct 20, 2018 Saturday, October 20, 2018 5:11:00 PM CDT October 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA – Nineteen members of Missouri Task Force One returned to Boone County Fire Protection District headquarters Saturday morning after... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, October 20 2018 Oct 20, 2018 Saturday, October 20, 2018 3:16:00 PM CDT October 20, 2018 in News
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A man has been criminally charged days after a woman's body was found near Fellows Lake at... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, October 20 2018 Oct 20, 2018 Saturday, October 20, 2018 1:58:08 PM CDT October 20, 2018 in News
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A Springfield woman who killed her live-in boyfriend with a crowbar in 2017 has been sentenced to... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, October 20 2018 Oct 20, 2018 Saturday, October 20, 2018 1:48:36 PM CDT October 20, 2018 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A restored St. Louis prairie of native grasses and flowers is in bloom, but the nature... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, October 20 2018 Oct 20, 2018 Saturday, October 20, 2018 8:50:24 AM CDT October 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Sen. Claire McCaskill spoke about health care in Columbia on Friday at Laborers Local 955, as part of... More >>
2 days ago Friday, October 19 2018 Oct 19, 2018 Friday, October 19, 2018 7:35:00 PM CDT October 19, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - After realizing the underrepresentation of Hispanic business owners in mid-Missouri, three Hispanic professionals established a group of 12... More >>
2 days ago Friday, October 19 2018 Oct 19, 2018 Friday, October 19, 2018 5:49:00 PM CDT October 19, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - This is the last week of the regular season and it's a cold one. Our game of... More >>
2 days ago Friday, October 19 2018 Oct 19, 2018 Friday, October 19, 2018 5:20:00 PM CDT October 19, 2018 in Friday Night Fever
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 43°
6am 44°
7am 43°
8am 44°
9am 48°