Stadium Construction Causes Disruption for Drivers

5 years 2 weeks 3 days ago Thursday, November 28 2013 Nov 28, 2013 Thursday, November 28, 2013 8:15:00 PM CST November 28, 2013 in News
By: Cody Lee Heyveld , KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - Construction crews are all over Stadium Boulevard to complete as much construction as possible fore the holiday shopping season. However, some mid-Missouri drivers and local employers are worried crews aren't taking enough time to put driver safety and convenience first.

The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) began the road's project discussion in 1997, according to MoDOT Project Manager Mike Dusenberg. Originally serving as a two-lane farm-to-market corridor, Stadium Boulevard has expanded in just the past decade from carrying around 33,000 vehicles to more than 36,000 per day in its busiest corridor. 

Hardee's supervisor Christy Sapp said she thinks the increase in traffic is wonderful for business and leaves high hopes for her restaraunt, but the construction is a huge inconvenience right now. 

"I don't like it," said Sapp. "I've lived in Columbia about 25 years of my life, and I've dealt with this kind of construction for so long. I just hate it."

Hardee's itself is a prime location for construction, located at the corner of Worley Street and Stadium Boulevard. Sapp said the construction is keeping her restaurant from making its sales goals.

"I hate the mess at all the intersections," Sapp said. "We've almost had two accidents just today because of the cluster. We want to become the best in our market, and right now, we just can't."

Michael Reeves, a frequent Columbia visitor from Paris, Mo., said he believes the Worley Street area is also where his car picked up a couple of screws big enough for construction work.

"To have time taken out of your day because of a flat tire is annoying, especially when I am visiting my daughter," Reeves said. "I don't know if there is a solution—things happen. [Crews] are doing their job, and I am sure it's all going to be for the best. People just have to be patient."

Dusenberg, who's also worked on the I-70 diverging diamond interchange, said MoDOT's first priority is driver safety.

"We have to make sure the people driving our roads go home safe every night," said Dusenberg. "I want to stress to the public going through all of our work zones in mid-Missouri be vigilant, watch the signing carefully, drive at a reasonable speed, be patient and be cautious about what's going on."

Dusenberg said Emery Sapp and Sons, Inc., is the company specifically reponsible for the construction along Stadium Boulevard and the interchange.

Dusenberg said island constructions, gardening and other small improvements have yet to be completed. The official completion date is set for early fall of 2014.

Strip Map of Stadium Boulevard

More News

Grid
List
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A 57-year-old southwestern Missouri man has pleaded guilty in federal court to a $2.4 million wire fraud... More >>
1 hour ago Sunday, December 16 2018 Dec 16, 2018 Sunday, December 16, 2018 9:48:54 PM CST December 16, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri sent out an MU Alert just before 6 p.m. Sunday to warn people about... More >>
4 hours ago Sunday, December 16 2018 Dec 16, 2018 Sunday, December 16, 2018 6:45:00 PM CST December 16, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA- From model trains to decorated window panes, there was fun for all ages at the Boone County History and... More >>
5 hours ago Sunday, December 16 2018 Dec 16, 2018 Sunday, December 16, 2018 6:12:00 PM CST December 16, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA – After a life-threatening accident 17 years ago, a Columbia man is proving you never have to give up... More >>
10 hours ago Sunday, December 16 2018 Dec 16, 2018 Sunday, December 16, 2018 12:46:00 PM CST December 16, 2018 in Sports
COLUMBIA - A University of Missouri assistant football coach was arrested Saturday on a warrant from Miller County after failing... More >>
13 hours ago Sunday, December 16 2018 Dec 16, 2018 Sunday, December 16, 2018 10:12:00 AM CST December 16, 2018 in Sports
FULTON - Two people were arrested on various drug charges Sunday morning. According to a release, Police stopped a... More >>
16 hours ago Sunday, December 16 2018 Dec 16, 2018 Sunday, December 16, 2018 7:08:00 AM CST December 16, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The Missouri Symphony will play holiday music Sunday for the Symphony of Toys concert. Students in the Missouri... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, December 15 2018 Dec 15, 2018 Saturday, December 15, 2018 9:45:00 PM CST December 15, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - People gathered at Hickman High School on Saturday to celebrate holidays from several cultures. KOPN Community Radio... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, December 15 2018 Dec 15, 2018 Saturday, December 15, 2018 9:10:00 PM CST December 15, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia College had a special moment during the graduation ceremony Saturday to honor a student who died in... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, December 15 2018 Dec 15, 2018 Saturday, December 15, 2018 8:15:00 PM CST December 15, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Jefferson City Diocese confirmed Saturday three people were added to its list of clergy accused of... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, December 15 2018 Dec 15, 2018 Saturday, December 15, 2018 7:31:00 PM CST December 15, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia Police made an arrest in connection to Saturday afternoon's shooting in the 3800 block of Aspen Heights... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, December 15 2018 Dec 15, 2018 Saturday, December 15, 2018 4:40:00 PM CST December 15, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri State Capitol has recently completed an effort to restore and conserve the building's... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, December 15 2018 Dec 15, 2018 Saturday, December 15, 2018 3:26:00 PM CST December 15, 2018 in News
BOONVILLE - Anyone walking around Boonville might be able to play a game of "I spy" now that painted rocks... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, December 15 2018 Dec 15, 2018 Saturday, December 15, 2018 10:50:00 AM CST December 15, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA- High school football teams from around the state will travel to Memorial Stadium for the next five years to... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, December 15 2018 Dec 15, 2018 Saturday, December 15, 2018 9:41:00 AM CST December 15, 2018 in Sports
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke , who's facing federal investigations into his travel, political... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, December 15 2018 Dec 15, 2018 Saturday, December 15, 2018 8:53:00 AM CST December 15, 2018 in News
ASHLAND - The Southern Boone Area YMCA will build a new 15,714 square-foot facility in the next two years, if... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, December 15 2018 Dec 15, 2018 Saturday, December 15, 2018 7:48:00 AM CST December 15, 2018 in News
ALTON, Ill. (AP) — Authorities are looking for a man who is suspected of fleeing to Missouri after officers shot... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, December 15 2018 Dec 15, 2018 Saturday, December 15, 2018 7:12:00 AM CST December 15, 2018 in News
PERRYVILLE, Mo. (AP) — A former county official from southeast Missouri already in prison on a conviction of exploiting the... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, December 15 2018 Dec 15, 2018 Saturday, December 15, 2018 7:09:52 AM CST December 15, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 39°
12am 34°
1am 33°
2am 31°
3am 30°