This year's planned Capital Improvement Projects will improve numerous intersections, reduce speeds on neighborhood streets, fill in some sidewalk gaps, build a new trail section, add bike-lane striping, add a signalized crosswalk and other improvements. Projects are designed to the highest safety and performance standards possible while paying close attention to citizen input and environmental concerns.
"We approach improvement projects through a Vision Zero lens. It's really a ‘Complete Streets' approach as we continue to seek engineering solutions to provide access and safety for all forms of transportation--vehicles, pedestrians, cycles, wheelchairs, etc.--in our neighborhoods," Public Works Director David Nichols said.
Infrastructure is an investment that requires funding. This year's slate of construction projects has three primary funding sources: the 2015 Capital Improvement Sales Tax, Phase II GetAbout Columbia grant funds and monies budgeted annually by the City of Columbia for the Neighborhood Traffic Management Program.
2015 Capital Improvement Sales Tax
In August 2015, voters approved an extension of a 1/4-cent Capital Improvement Sales Tax, which will sunset in December 2025. In total, voters approved $99.3 million for public safety and infrastructure projects. Some Public Works projects will be financed with a combination of the Capital Improvement Sales Tax along with county, state and federal funds. The current slate of construction projects for 2018 are:
- Chapel Hill Sidewalk - Fills the sidewalk gap on the north side of Chapel Hill Road between Scott Boulevard and Glenbrook Court. The investment for this project is estimated at $65,000.
- Sinclair Sidewalk - Fills the sidewalk gap on the east side of Sinclair Road south of Muirfield Drive. The investment for this project is estimated at $78,000.
- Oakland Gravel Sidewalk - Fills the sidewalk gap on the west side of Oakland Gravel Road between Blue Ridge Road and Edris Road. The investment for this project is estimated at $311,500.
Phase II GetAbout Columbia
Columbia was one of only four cities awarded a $22.4 million grant from the Federal Highway Administration in 2006, followed by an additional $5.9-million "Phase II" grant in 2012 to create infrastructure for nonmotorized transportation users. These funds have helped make Columbia one of the country's best cities for walking, riding and using nonmotorized transportation to not only commute, but enjoy all the extraordinary trails and parks our city has to offer. The current slate of construction projects for 2018 are:
- Clark Lane Sidewalk Project - Includes a sidewalk along the north side of Clark Lane starting at Route B continuing to just east of the Highway 63 connector. Also includes a pedestrian signal and crosswalk at the intersection of Clark Lane with the Highway 63 Connector. The investment for this project is estimated at $950,000.
- Bike Boulevard (MKT to Parkade) - Includes intersection improvements at five locations and pavement striping along a bicyclist corridor connecting the MKT Trail to the Parkade Center and Hickman High School. The investment for this project is estimated at $550,000.
- Shepard to Rollins Trail - Creates a trail and pedestrian bridge connecting the east end of Rollins Street to the cul-de-sac at Bluffdale Drive. The investment for this project is estimated at $1,740,000.
Neighborhood Traffic Management Program
Public Works provides traffic calming infrastructure where appropriate in order to influence driver behavior and create more livable neighborhood streets through engineering solutions. We work closely with neighborhood residents to properly identify their concerns, conduct appropriate studies to quantify any problems, and develop strategies to moderate traffic speeds and reduce the number and severity of collisions should they occur. While there are budgetary and public input considerations, it is the goal of Public Works to find ways to address as many issues as feasible each year. The current slate of construction projects financed through annual traffic calming funds are:
- Sexton Road - Adds traffic calming devices, such as speed humps and crosswalks, to lower speeds on Sexton Road between Business Loop and Providence Road. The investment for this project is estimated at $75,000.
- Rollins Road - Adds traffic calming devices, such as speed humps and crosswalks, to lower speeds on Rollins Road between Stadium Boulevard and Sunset Drive. The investment for this project is estimated at $50,000.
For complete details about each Capital Improvement Project listed above, visit CoMo.gov/PublicWorks/CIP-status,