Resident says road work on Sinclair Road is a move towards growth
COLUMBIA - Construction crews began adding a turn lane for an upcoming Columbia middle school on South Sinclair Road on Wednesday.
The Northbound lane of south Sinclair Road will be closed between Chesterfield Drive and Stanley Pitts Lane starting at 5 a.m. Crews will maintain two-way traffic in the area using flaggers.
Nic Parks, owner of The Pinball Company on South Sinclair Road, said no one told him that the main road to his business would be getting more work, or that the road work would cause any type of delays.
"We really didn't have any idea what type of construction would be on the road," Parks said.
On Tuesday the crews already had cones out making the two lane road skinnier, laying ground work for Wednesdays construction.
Construction should be finished on Sinclair Road by 5 p.m. Wednesday, weather permitting.
Parks said he's been the only business off Sinclair Road for a long time and lives around the corner. He said he hopes to see more in the South part of town.
"We're very excited to see some development out here," Parks said.
Columbia Public Schools thought the same thing when they decided on Sinclair Road for the new middle school last year.
"Over the next 10 years we are going to see 30 percent growth in that area according to our demographic study. So, a school south of town is very important," Columbia Board of Education Superintendent Peter Stiepleman said in previous KOMU 8 News coverage.
Columbia Public Schools said official ground breaking for the new middle school will take place in August.
Parks said he hopes development doesn't stop at the school. "Hopefully we can get some restaurants and things for the residents out here to enjoy."
The new middle school is set to open in August 2020.
The Missouri Department of Transportation has more information of current work zones.