UPDATE: Residents frustrated over effects of Vandiver roundabout construction

10 months 4 days 11 hours ago Thursday, December 13 2018 Dec 13, 2018 Thursday, December 13, 2018 4:33:00 PM CST December 13, 2018 in News
By: Travis Breese, KOMU 8 Reporter

COLUMBIA - Some people who live near the intersection of Vandiver Drive and Parker Street just north of Interstate 70 are unhappy about construction of a new roundabout. 

"They put up signs that say 'No Through Traffic' but it's not really helping," Martin Morales said.

Morales lives in the Vandiver Mobile Home Park, just north of the intersection, and said detours for the construction have sent more traffic around his home.

"There's a ton of cars that are coming by and they're kind of speeding through," Morales said. "There's kids around and there's also dogs so, I'd say it's a little dangerous."

S&A Equipment and Builders, which won the bidding for the project, has been working on the roundabout since August. The project, replacing a two-way stop with a one-lane roundabout, is costing the city $900,000, according to their website.

The city is paying for the construction with money from the 2015 Capital Improvement Sales Tax

"I think a four-way stoplight would have been better," Columbia resident Alan Perry said.

Perry said he doesn't think drivers in the city are ready for another roundabout.

"To me, the roundabout is more of a headache because people here don't know how to use roundabouts, even though we have like 20 of them in town already," Perry said.

The city posted a progress update on November 30 saying they were working on the "last leg" of the project and their website still says they are anticipating finishing in mid-December.

"The road itself will open in December," Barry Dalton with Columbia Public Works said. "Although, some portions of the sidewalk may not."

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