City and County Share the Road
But, roads that the city and county both maintain still cause problems.
"You're in the county then, all of sudden, you're in the city, then you're in the county," complained one driver.
And, with continuing development, city and county roads overlap or, in some cases, split down the middle.
"We have more than 30 shared roads with shared maintence responsibility" noted David Mink of the Boone County Public Works Department. "And we feel it's very important that we work together to maintain these roads effectively and efficiently."
Bethel Church Road and Old Plank Road are two shared roads the city and county will have to work out a plan for snow removal, major maintenance and capital improvements, plus minor maintenance such as potholes and sign replacement.
"It's going to allow us to know what we have priority on and what the county has priority on, and we're not both out there at the same time doing the same job," explained John Glascock of the Columbia Public Works Department. "It'll also save residents confusion on who to call when they need work done to their roads."
Columbia and Boone County expect to have a formal policy on their shared roads in the next month.