New traffic signal at Waco and Route B intersection begins operation

10 months 1 week 6 days ago Tuesday, December 05 2017 Dec 5, 2017 Tuesday, December 05, 2017 6:11:00 AM CST December 05, 2017 in News
By: Lindsey Fafoglia, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - The new traffic signals at the Waco Road and Route B intersection will begin operation Tuesday morning.  

The traffic signals are expected to start working after morning traffic, around 9 a.m., Columbia Public Work's Public Information Officer Barry Dalton said. 

The construction of new mast arm signals began on October 9, as part of the Waco and Route B Intersection Improvement Project. Other improvements to the intersection include raised islands, pedestrian crosswalks and restricted turning movements for the driveways closest to the intersection.

"It's a heavily used industrial corridor," Dalton said. "It's used by commuters to Hallsville, Centralia and other areas, and there are also a number of businesses already there." 

Dalton said more businesses, like Aurora Dairy and Kraft/Heinz, are moving and expanding in the area, so traffic will only increase.  

The City of Columbia and MoDOT are working together on the project and invested around $380,000 into the improvements from the 2015 Capitol Improvement Sales Tax. 

Dalton said the project makes the intersection safer. 

"From 2011 to 2015 there were, I believe, eight crashes at that intersection, seven of them having injuries," he said. 

Dalton said before the signal was constructed, drivers on Waco Road would have to try to drive across Route B to turn left, which is a wide road with a lot of big trucks. He said traffic didn't yield, so having a traffic light will benefit everyone. 

To warn drivers of the change, MoDOT has placed message boards ahead of the new signals. 

MoDOT Senior Traffic Studies Specialist John Schaefer said there will be permanent interactive signs that warn drivers of the signal ahead, and when the light is red. He said there will also be signs placed southbound, headed toward Columbia, because of the way the road curves.

"Most drivers are drivers of habit, and so when there's a new light that they're not expecting there's always worry that people aren't paying attention," Dalton said. "So, there's big boards, flashing signs, being put up to alert drivers." 

He said there shouldn't be any additional traffic congestion with the new signal. 

More News

Grid
List
ST. LOUIS - Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill and Republican opponent Josh Hawley were sometimes heated and often derisive as they... More >>
2 hours ago Thursday, October 18 2018 Oct 18, 2018 Thursday, October 18, 2018 9:02:00 PM CDT October 18, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Issues like Proposition D, Vision Zero and more were discussed at Thursday night's Transportation Committee Meeting in Columbia.... More >>
4 hours ago Thursday, October 18 2018 Oct 18, 2018 Thursday, October 18, 2018 7:31:00 PM CDT October 18, 2018 in News
MEXICO - October is domestic violence awareness month and businesses across Mexico are showing their support for survivors by decorating... More >>
5 hours ago Thursday, October 18 2018 Oct 18, 2018 Thursday, October 18, 2018 6:02:00 PM CDT October 18, 2018 in News
ST. LOUIS - Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill and her Republican opponent, Josh Hawley, are hoping for a debate win tonight... More >>
6 hours ago Thursday, October 18 2018 Oct 18, 2018 Thursday, October 18, 2018 5:43:00 PM CDT October 18, 2018 in News
KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The Latest on the trial of two maintenance workers charged with misleading investigators after a 10-year-old... More >>
6 hours ago Thursday, October 18 2018 Oct 18, 2018 Thursday, October 18, 2018 5:09:00 PM CDT October 18, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Hundreds of people gathered for the grand opening of CenterPointe Hospital on International Drive Thursday. Governor Mike... More >>
8 hours ago Thursday, October 18 2018 Oct 18, 2018 Thursday, October 18, 2018 3:42:00 PM CDT October 18, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The influence of lower prices and convenience are affecting the way millennials approach primary care, according to... More >>
8 hours ago Thursday, October 18 2018 Oct 18, 2018 Thursday, October 18, 2018 3:38:00 PM CDT October 18, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - MU honored Dr. George Smith, the first Nobel Prize winner in university history, with a reserved space to... More >>
8 hours ago Thursday, October 18 2018 Oct 18, 2018 Thursday, October 18, 2018 3:30:00 PM CDT October 18, 2018 in News
MOBERLY - Police arrested a man Wednesday after a search warrant led to finding five gallon-sized bags of marijuana. ... More >>
8 hours ago Thursday, October 18 2018 Oct 18, 2018 Thursday, October 18, 2018 3:08:00 PM CDT October 18, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - State House of Representative candidates talked public transportation and education, amongst other things, at a disability issues forum... More >>
9 hours ago Thursday, October 18 2018 Oct 18, 2018 Thursday, October 18, 2018 2:00:00 PM CDT October 18, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Officers have arrested one man after a home invasion Wednesday night, but are still looking for a second... More >>
10 hours ago Thursday, October 18 2018 Oct 18, 2018 Thursday, October 18, 2018 1:58:00 PM CDT October 18, 2018 in News
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Jurors on Thursday began deliberating the case of two Kansas water park maintenance workers accused... More >>
11 hours ago Thursday, October 18 2018 Oct 18, 2018 Thursday, October 18, 2018 12:39:00 PM CDT October 18, 2018 in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say a man who was in a wheelchair has been found dead in a... More >>
13 hours ago Thursday, October 18 2018 Oct 18, 2018 Thursday, October 18, 2018 10:52:34 AM CDT October 18, 2018 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Authorities say a St. Louis police officer has shot and wounded a suspect during a struggle... More >>
13 hours ago Thursday, October 18 2018 Oct 18, 2018 Thursday, October 18, 2018 10:48:28 AM CDT October 18, 2018 in News
HOUSE SPRINGS, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say it appears that a man was killed after his car fell on top... More >>
13 hours ago Thursday, October 18 2018 Oct 18, 2018 Thursday, October 18, 2018 10:35:41 AM CDT October 18, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA – The National Rifle Association is backing Republican Senate candidate Josh Hawley while claiming Senator Claire McCaskill will take... More >>
14 hours ago Thursday, October 18 2018 Oct 18, 2018 Thursday, October 18, 2018 9:54:00 AM CDT October 18, 2018 in Target 8
(CNN) -- The former head of USA Gymnastics has been accused of removing documents linked to the Larry Nassar sexual... More >>
15 hours ago Thursday, October 18 2018 Oct 18, 2018 Thursday, October 18, 2018 8:56:00 AM CDT October 18, 2018 in News
LAKE OF THE OZARKS - A 78-year-old Fenton man drowned Wednesday afternoon at Lake of the Ozarks. The incident... More >>
16 hours ago Thursday, October 18 2018 Oct 18, 2018 Thursday, October 18, 2018 7:39:00 AM CDT October 18, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 47°
12am 45°
1am 44°
2am 44°
3am 45°