The City of Columbia’s Ballenger Lane shoulder widening project contractor, Don Schnieders Excavating, plans to extend a box culvert under Ballenger Lane just south of the Mexico Gravel Road roundabout beginning Monday, June 17 at 7 a.m. The work is expected to take approximately three weeks, weather permitting.
Box culverts are designed to divert water under the roadway rather than over it. The box needs to be lengthened to allow for the shoulders being added to the roadway and to flatten the slope on the embankment slightly to improve safety.
During construction, one lane of Ballenger will remain open in alternating directions at all times with a portable traffic signal on each end controlling the direction of traffic. This will allow motorists to continue to use the street and move steadily through the area without the need for flaggers. Minor delays are expected.
Additional details about the Ballenger Lane shoulder widening project are available at CoMo.gov/PublicWorks/Ballenger-Improvements.
Motorists, nonmotorized transportation users and pedestrians are urged to use extreme caution in the work zone and to use alternate routes.