Ballenger Lane Improvements

Funding Fiscal Year: 
Design 2017/Construction 2019
Ward
3
Project Number:
C00642
Project Budget:
$2.2 million
Funding Source:
2015 Capital Improvement Sales Tax ballot, County Road Tax and MoDOT
Year Completed:
 

Project Description: The improvements on Ballenger will provide a safer path for non-motorized users by widening the pavement in order to provide a thoroughfare for pedestrians, bicyclists and other nonmotorized transportation users. The improvement project will include 6 foot wide shoulders on each side of the road, an asphalt overlay and stormwater improvements. Existing sidewalks from neighboring subdivisions will also be connected to the  shoulders. The total estimated investment for the project is $2.2 million which includes design, easement acquisition, utility relocation and construction. 

Project Status: The project is mostly completed as of Aug. 19, 2019. (Landscaping continues this week and next.)

Contractor: Don Schnieders Excavating Co. Inc.

Project Manager: Nazmul Hussain, P.E.

Press Releases:

Interested Parties Meeting: June 13, 2017

Public Hearing: Dec. 18, 2017 

Project Information:


Construction Updates:

Aug. 19, 2019:

  • Shoulders widened.
  • Stormwater facilities improved.
  • New pavement poured.
  • Lines striped.
  • Sidewalks, side streets, driveways connected.

All that’s really left to do is the landscaping this week and next.


Aug. 9, 2019: Capital Paving, the City of Columbia’s mill and overlay contractor, plans to begin mill and overlay operations on Ballenger Lane from the Mexico Gravel Road roundabout to just north of Ria Street, beginning Tuesday, Aug. 13, at 7 a.m., weather permitting. Paving will include the Ballenger Lane/Mexico Gravel Road roundabout. This work will result in alternating lane restrictions with flaggers present to maintain two-way traffic. Delays are expected. The work is scheduled to be completed by Friday, Aug. 16 at 5 p.m., weather permitting. Motorists, pedestrians and nonmotorized transportation users are urged to exercise extreme caution when in the work zone and use alternate routes if possible. This work is part of the Ballenger Lane shoulder widening project and the City’s pavement management plan. More information is also available at  CoMo.gov/PublicWorks/MO2019

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Aug. 8, 2019: Crews are working on topsoil, and finishing up concrete work and storm water infrastructure, as they prepare for paving Ballenger Lane next week, weather permitting, from north of Ria Street to Mexico Gravel Road, including the roundabout.


Aug. 2, 2019: The contractor plans to repair pavement on Ballenger Lane in front of the intersection of Pierre Street beginning Tuesday, Aug. 6, at 7 a.m., weather permitting. This work will result in the closure of Pierre Street at Ballenger Lane. Access to Pierre Street from Ballenger Lane will be maintained via Waterloo Drive and Tremaine Drive. The work is scheduled to be completed the same day by 4:30 p.m., weather permitting.  The contractor also plans to return to the entrance of Oakview Drive at Ballenger Lane to replace the pavement there on Monday, Aug. 5 and Wednesday, Aug. 7, weather permitting. Crews plan to replace one side at a time to maintain access to Oakview Drive at all times.


July 31, 2019: The contractor plans to do a concrete patch on Waterloo Drive at the intersection of Ballenger Lane on Thursday, Aug. 1, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., weather permitting. Residents needing to access Waterloo Drive may use Pierre Street to Tremaine Drive as a detour during construction.


July 19, 2019: Don Schnieders excavating, contractor for the City of Columbia’s Ballenger Lane shoulder widening project, plans to work on the storm drainage line under Oakview Drive beginning Monday, July 22, at 7 a.m., weather permitting. This will result in lane restrictions on Oakview Drive at the intersection of Ballenger Lane. Access to Oakview Drive will be maintained but delays are possible. The work is scheduled to be completed by 5 p.m., weather permitting.


July 18, 2019: Crews continue to make progress on Ballenger Lane shoulder widening. (The large box culvert on the east side of Ballenger Lane near Mexico Gravel Road has been completed and the alternating signal near Mexico Gravel Road has been removed.) Please watch for flaggers and be prepared to stop, and continue to use extreme caution in the work zone for your safety and our crews’.

shoulder widening
shoulder widening


July 3, 2019: Crews have already completed about 50 percent of the shoulder widening. Currently installing the big box culvert near the roundabout and filling in that area. Capital Improvement Project Superintendent says the project is moving along nicely despite the wet May and June that caused some delays.

small box culvert near Rice

 

June 17, 2019: Don Schnieders Excavating began work on the Ballenger Lane box culvert on schedule today. Please watch for alternating signals and narrow lanes in the work area. Today crews are installing sheet piling to act as a temporary retaining wall during the culvert extension.


The City of Columbia’s Ballenger Lane shoulder widening project contractor, Don Schnieders Excavating, plans to extend a box culvert under Ballenger


June 14, 2019: 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.

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.


May 31: Both culverts previously announced were installed on schedule. Shoulder work is ongoing with one-foot drop offs at some spots. If you must travel through the project workzone, please slow down, stay in your lane unless directed otherwise by flaggers, and be considerate to your fellow motorists, flaggers, inspectors and construction personnel. Crews currently plan to work Saturday as well to catch up on some rain delays. Thank you for your continued patience and prudence as most drivers are driving safely.

Dump truck dumping its load.


May 24: Don Schnieders excavating, the contractor for the City of Columbia’s Ballenger Lane shoulder widening project, plans to install new culvert pipes under Ballenger Lane and Rice Road, weather permitting. This work will result in an overnight closure on Ballenger Lane just south of Oakview Drive beginning Tuesday, May 28 at 8 p.m. and reopening Wednesday, May 29 by 6 a.m., weather permitting. This will be followed by an overnight closure of the access to Rice Road at Ballenger Lane on the west side beginning Wednesday, May 29 at 8 p.m. and reopening Thursday, May 30 by 6 a.m., weather permitting. “The culverts are designed to divert water under the roadway rather than over it,” Public Works Construction Project Superintendent David Fennewald said. “Due to site constraints in both of these locations, we need to close the road for a very short period of time at these specific points to install them. To help alleviate traffic disruptions, we have planned the work overnight to avoid the rush hour.”

Diagram of closure location Diagrame of closure location on Rice road


May 15: Ballenger Lane shoulder widening is well underway. Please use extreme caution in the workzone. Minor delays are possible when crews are moving equipment. Your patience in all construction zones saves lives and is appreciated.

Ballenger Lane shoulder widening is well underway.  Please use extreme caution in the workzone. Minor delays are possible when crews are moving equipment.  Your patience in all construction zones saves lives and is appreciated.

contractor started putting fill in on the southeast end of the project today


May 10, 2019: The contractor started putting fill in on the southeast end of the project today. Looking forward to fewer rain delays next week. Please use extreme caution in the workzone.

right of way before fill in placed.


April 23, 2019:

Ballenger Lane project begins May 1


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