Category Infrastructure

2019 Public Works Construction Projects Focus on Safety

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2019 Public Works Construction Projects Focus on Safety

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The City of Columbia Public Works Department's Capital Improvement Program (CIP) seeks to improve street safety through a Vision Zero approach to project design and construction. All projects pass through a public inv...

2019 State of the City Address

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2019 State of the City Address

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Interim City Manager John Glascock presents the 2019 State of the City report. In it, he touches briefly on citizen satisfaction, employee compensation, public safety, infrastructure, finances, and looking forward to ...

Mill and Overlay

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Mill and Overlay

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Mill and overlay consists of two major steps: milling the street and laying new asphalt. To mill the street, workers use heavy equipment to remove the surface of the street and place it into dump trucks and returned t...

Crack Seal

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Crack Seal

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Crack sealing involves using a liquid asphalt substance to seal cracks between the concrete panels of the roadway. The sealing material is covered with sand or saw-dust to reduce the amount of product from sticking to...

Chip Seal

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Chip Seal

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A thin film of heated asphalt liquid is sprayed on the road surface, followed by the placement of small “chips” or stones. Heavy rollers then go over the chips to compact and adhere them to the existing asphalt. Exces...

Tough Jobs: Wastewater Treatment

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Tough Jobs: Wastewater Treatment

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Episode 2 of Tough Jobs, originally published July 7, 2009. Host Sean Brown explores the work of treating Columbia's wastewater when he visits Columbia's Wastewater Treatment Facility and the constructed wetlands that...

MKT Trail Mural at Elm Street Overpass

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MKT Trail Mural at Elm Street Overpass

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The third in a series of public art projects along the MKT Trail, the mural, "Nature is Our Shared Identity," was painted by students enrolled in Columbia Parks and Recreation's CARE program. The artists partnered wit...

CoMo Climate Action and Adaptation Plan

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CoMo Climate Action and Adaptation Plan

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The City of Columbia is developing a Climate Action and Adaptation Plan (CAAP) to identify opportunities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and enhance our resilience in the face of a changing climate. For more inform...

Traffic Box Art: A Brush with History

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Traffic Box Art: A Brush with History

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Amanda Harms is a writer, illustrator, and now, traffic box artist. Harms, who believes that it’s never too late to start something new, explains how she juggles her family, career, and creative interests. You can fin...

Things to Do in Columbia: Explore First Fridays on St. James Street

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Things to Do in Columbia: Explore First Fridays on St. James Street

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Each first Friday of the month, locals and visitors explore the North Village Arts District to experience a one-of-a-kind FREE art crawl. Amidst the galleries, businesses, and shops open to the public, one unique craf...