MODOT holds public hearing on Paris Road construction

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COLUMBIA — Residents were updated Tuesday night on two upcoming construction projects in the northern part of the city.

Representatives from the Missouri Department of Transportation and Engineering Surveys and Services gave updates on improvement projects for Paris Road/Route B and College Avenue/Route 763.

The main focus of the meeting was on pavement and pedestrian improvements in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The ADA improvements will adjust the slopes and any possible uneven paneling on sidewalks.

"It's mainly the slopes. The slopes typically exceed ADA requirements," said Zachary Thomas, Engineering Surveys and Services Project Engineer. 

The two separate projects will run consecutively, with the Route B project beginning in 2017 and the College Avenue project scheduled for 2018.

The upcoming construction on Paris Road starts at North Brown Station Road and continues to the intersection of Paris Road and College Avenue.

The College Avenue work will go from Business Loop 70 through the MU campus to Stadium Boulevard.

According to Project Manager Mike Dusenberg, MoDOT plans on working with MU officials to complete most of the construction work when school is not in session.

Dusenberg also said all work on Route B north of U.S. Highway 63 will take place during the day, and all work south of U.S. Highway 63 on Route B will happen overnight due to the increased traffic volume.

Dusenberg does not expect construction to cause road closures, and said it will be routine maintenance.

"It's necessary to do the asphalt work to maintain the condition of the pavement. The pavements currently on both routes are in good condition but it's important that we continue to keep those pavements in good condition," he said.

Dusenberg said he expects both projects to cost around $3 to $4 million total, and will each take less than a year to complete.