Road construction might impact summer traffic

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COLUMBIA - Construction workers started the Providence Road Improvement Project near MU's campus Monday morning.  The improvements also involve several nearby roads.

Barry Dalton, public information officer for Columbia Public Works, said the project could cause delays and some drivers might have to take alternate routes.

"The Providence project has been designed to reduce the impact on local traffic at least during the daylight hours," Dalton said. "And even if Providence lanes are closed it will be at night and for short durations but could happen throughout the summer."

He said any work that requires a lane to be closed on Providence must be done after 7 pm and before 7 am.

According to a public works statement, some of the improvements near Providence Rd. include: 

  • Installation of traffic signals along Providence Rd. at the Burnam intersection
  • Installation of traffic signals along Providence Rd. at the Turner Ave. intersection
  • Removal of existing traffic signal at Rollins St. and Providence Rd.
  • Construction of a southbound right turning late on Providence Rd. from Stadium Blvd. to Brandon Rd.
  • Construction of a sidewalk along the south side of Burnam from Birch to Providence
  • Conversion of the Bingham Rd. and Brandon Rd intersections with Providence Rd.
  • Conversion of the Kentucky Blvd. intersection with Providence Rd.

Dalton said the project will be completed in phases to limit traffic problems.

The Columbia City Council voted on with the project after a public hearing in June 2013. Since then, council members have made adjustments to the project.

Dalton said the improvements should make Providence Road less congested for Columbia drivers and road closures could last until early Fall.