Signal Work to Improve Traffic on Worley Street

6 years 7 months 5 days ago Wednesday, April 11 2012 Apr 11, 2012 Wednesday, April 11, 2012 1:43:00 PM CDT April 11, 2012 in News
By: Elizabeth Miller

COLUMBIA - Public Works officials said Wednesday it will begin work this week on traffic signal changes near Columbia Mall and the Shoppes at Stadium. Workers will change traffic signals that provide access to the shopping centers. Vehicle detection apparatus will be installed to avoid delays at the intersection, as well as flashing yellow lights to allow motorists to turn left from Worley Street into the shopping centers.

Custom Complete Automotive technician D.j. Monaghan works right next to the traffic light and sees the congestion every day. 

"You see cars in the wrong lanes going against traffic going the wrong way, drivers honking, rear-ending each other, there's frustration all around," said Monaghan. 

Columbia Traffic Supervising Engineer Scott Bitterman said this is the first project of many.

"We hope to get the Worley traffic light operating efficiently so when we begin the rest of the work there will be less traffic," said Bitterman. 

The Missouri Department of Transportation, the City of Columbia and three transportation development districts are providing funding for the projects.  The Worley Street traffic signaling project will cost $71,000.  The Columbia Public Works Department expects the work to take 30 days.  The roads will remain open with traffic controlled by stop signs for portions of the stoplight work. 

Future projects include the stoplights at Bernadette and Fairview roads and widening Stadium Boulevard to three lanes, including dual left turn lanes.  Bitterman said these projects will begin construction next year.

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