• Providence Road Improvement Project

Providence Road Improvement Project

 

Funding Fiscal Year:
2017 Construction
Project Number:
C00291
Project Budget:
$3,920,000
Funding Source:
2005 Capital Improvement Sales Tax, STP Funds
Year Completed:
 

 

Project Description: The project improvements include:

  • New Traffic Signals: Installation of traffic signals along Providence Road at the intersection with Burnam Road and at the intersection with Turner Avenue.
  • Traffic Signal Removal: Removal of the existing traffic signal along Providence Road at the intersection with Rollins Street.
  • New Sidewalk: Construction of a sidewalk along the south side of Burnam Road from Birch Road to Providence Road.
  • Two Signalized Crosswalks: Enhancing the crosswalks at the signalized intersections at Turner and Burnam to meet or exceed current standards, including pedestrian signals.
  • Southbound right turn lane: Extension of the southbound right turn lane onto Stadium from  Providence Road.
  • Intersection access improvements: The intersections of Providence Road with Bingham Road and Kentucky Boulevard will be converted to right-in/right-out/left-in. The intersections of Providence Road with Rollins Street and Brandon Road will be converted to right-in/right-out.
  • Medians: Median islands to be constructed on Providence Road between Turner Avenue and Burnam.

NEWS RELEASES


Project Status:  Construction began May 15, 2017 was completed on Oct. 30, 2017, on schedule.


PUBLIC IMPROVEMENT PROCESS

Project History: The Columbia City Council conducted a public hearing concerning the Providence Road Improvement Project during the council meeting of June 3, 2013. After the public hearing council voted to direct staff to proceed with design work using option VIII-A (see below) with two council adopted amendments. The first amendment removed the improvements to Birch Street as shown on the plan. The second amendment allowe d for unrestricted intersection access at Brandon Road and Bingham Road.

 


PROGRESS UPDATES: 

Oct. 30, 2017: Columbia Public Works announced on Monday, Oct. 30, that the last phase of the Providence Road Improvement Project was completed with the opening of Bingham Road. “We appreciate the patience of those commuters who have traveled Providence Road during our construction and hope they will realize the importance of the project for not only motorists, but to pedestrians as well,” Public Works Director David Nichols said. “Two signalized pedestrian crossings at the new traffic light locations, new islands and medians, and improved ADA-compliant sidewalks should provide a safe crossing and ease to those who need to access the University of Missouri from the west side of Providence.” The sidewalk on Burnam was also completed and crews plan to have all of the driveways that were affected by the new sidewalk construction repaved by this week. After the project finishes, crews may need a week or two for cleanup and landscaping. The contractor for the project was Sam Gaines Construction. The investment cost was an estimated $3.9 million. The Columbia City Council initially approved the project on June 3, 2013 after a series of public Interested Parties Meetings beginning in 2008. Construction of the first phase of the project began on May 15 of this year. “The project was done in several phases so that access to multiple roads would not be closed at the same time during construction,” Public Works Construction Supervisor David Fennewald said.  “All work on Providence Road itself was done at night to reduce the impact on local traffic. Providence was never closed.”

Oct. 25, 2017: Crews are working diligently this week to finish the project before the weekend. The sidewalk on Burnam has been completed and now crews are working to repave driveways that were affected by the new sidewalk construction.  Minor delays may occur as equipment works to fit into driveways on Burnam. Flaggers are in the area. Bingham has been paved, leaving just an island and signs to be installed. Inspectors hope to have Bingham open by this Friday or early next week. After the project finishes, crews may need a week or two for clean up and landscaping but this shouldn’t affect traffic or pedestrians.
Crews repaving driveways on BurnamCrews finishing up Bingham

Oct. 9, 2017 [Rain Delay Update]: Due to rain last week, the opening of Rollins Street and Brandon Road have been delayed from Oct. 7 to Oct. 10. Tonight crews plans to paint crosswalks, weather permitting. Once that has been completed, the roads should be able to open. An announcement will be made when these streets open and access to Bingham Road from Providence closes.

Oct. 3, 2017:  Columbia Public Works announced on Oct. 3 that the Rollins Street and Brandon Road intersections are scheduled to open Saturday, Oct. 7, weather permitting. This week, workers are constructing a median island for the turn lanes and installing signs, weather permitting. Once these intersections are completely open to traffic, the access to Bingham Road from Providence Road is scheduled to close for construction. Access to Bingham will be available via Brandon Road. Bingham road is the last intersection of the Providence Road Improvement Project and is estimated to be completed by early November. The sidewalk along Burnam Road is also expected to be completed by early November. (Progress Updates on Each Phase)

Sept. 8, 2017: The City of Columbia Public Works Department announced on Sept. 8 that Sam Gaines construction plans to continue construction of median islands on Providence Road, between Turner Avenue and Burnam Road, the evenings of Sept. 11-13. The work, which is part of the Providence Road Improvement Project, is scheduled to begin each evening at 6 p.m. and finish by 6 a.m. the following morning, weather permitting. The passing lane in each direction will be closed in this area. Providence Road will continue to remain open during the work.

Sept. 1, 2017:  Evening lane restrictions on Providence Road, Sept. 5-7. The City of Columbia Public Works Department announced on Sept. 1 that Sam Gaines construction plans to begin construction of median islands on Providence Road, between Turner Avenue and Stadium Boulevard, the evenings of Sept 5, 6 and 7. The work, which is part of the Providence Road Improvement Project, is scheduled to begin each evening at 6 p.m. and finish by 6 a.m. the following morning, weather permitting. The passing lane in each direction will be closed. Providence Road will continue to remain open during the work, but motorists, pedestrians and nonmotorized transportation users are urged to exercise extreme caution when passing through the work zone. Minor delays are a possibility so taking alternate routes should be considered.

Aug. 14, 2017:  Columbia Public Works announced on Monday, Aug. 14, that the newly installed Providence Road traffic signals and signalized pedestrian crossings at Burnam Road and Turner Avenue/University Heights are now in service. “The signal timings are being monitored and adjusted during the construction phase of the project and will continue to be monitored and adjusted in the fall after the project is completed,”  Construction Project Superintendent David Fennewald said. The Rollins Street signal is no longer in service and is being permanently removed. Additionally, access to Brandon Road and Rollins Street from Providence have closed for improvements. These intersections will be repaved and converted to right-in/right-out. Sidewalks will be constructed at the Rollins intersection as well.

Map showing locations where access to Providence is closed at Rollins Street and Brandon Road


Aug. 11, 2017:  Public Works construction engineers have decided to push back the traffic signal switch over to 9 a.m. Monday, Aug. 14. The transition was originally scheduled for the afternoon of Aug. 11.

“Waiting until Monday will give us more time to test the system before going live, and we will also have more personnel on hand to monitor the signal and traffic flow,” Construction Project Superintendent David Fennewald said. 


Aug. 9, 2017: Columbia Public Works announced on Wednesday, Aug. 9, that on Friday, Aug. 11, the newly installed Providence Road traffic signals and pedestrian crossings at Burnam Road and Turner Avenue/University Heights are scheduled to begin service. Additionally, the Rollins Street signal will go out of service, and access to Rollins will close for construction of new pavement, sidewalks and a right-turn lane.

Map showing location of new signals at Turner and Burnam; also showing location of closure on Rollings at Providence.

“Extension of the southbound right-turn lane onto Stadium from Providence Road is in progress as well, and the intersection at Brandon Road and Providence will close in the next week to facilitate the improvements at Brandon Road,” Construction Project Superintendent David Fennewald said. “The intersection at Kentucky has already been completed.”


Aug. 8, 2017: Crews are working on the new signal at Turner today. Lane closures continue tonight. Signals at Burnam and Turner are expected to be operational by the end of the week. An announcement will be made soon for when the signal at Rollins will be turned off and access to Rollins will close so that the upgrades planned at Rollins can be completed.

Photo of worker in yellow shirt working on traffic signal at Turner and Providence.

Photo of workers working on traffic signal at Turner and Providence.

Photo of worker with orange shirt in truck lift working on traffic signal at Turner and Providence.

Aug. 3, 2017: Evening lane restrictions rescheduled. The new evening schedule, weather permitting, for closing one lane in each direction on Providence Road, between Stewart and Stadium, from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. is follows: Thursday, Aug. 3; Monday, Aug. 7; and Tuesday, Aug. 8.

July 28, 2017: Evening lane restrictions scheduled on Providence Road, Aug. 1-3. Columbia Public Works announced on Friday, July 28, that Sam Gaines Construction plans to close one lane in both directions on Providence Road, between Stewart Road and Stadium Boulevard, from 7 p.m. to 7a.m., August 1-3, weather permitting . “These closures are necessary to stripe the new intersection improvements at Burnam as well as sawcut for pavement removal near Rollins and Brandon roads,” Columbia Public Works Construction Project Superintendent David Fennewald said. “Sam Gaines crews will make an effort to keep lane reductions as short as possible.” Motorists, nonmotorized transportation users and pedestrians are urged to use extreme caution in the work area. Minor delays are possible so use an alternate route at your discretion.

July 14, 2017: Crews currently working on sidewalk, lane and curb improvements at Burnam Road/Avenue today (as well as electrical work at University Heights). Permanent signage likely going up at Kentucky, University Heights and Turner next weekly.
Photo of sidewalk being constructed.Four workers doing concrete work on curb.

June 30, 2017: Columbia Public Works announced on Friday, June 30, that beginning Wednesday, July 5 at 7 a.m., Watson Concrete plans to close Sanford Street at Turner Avenue, weather permitting, to bring the crosswalk into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Sanford entrance to the Turner Avenue parking garage will remain open and accessible via Conley Avenue. It is anticipated that Sanford will reopen to traffic the week of July 10, weather permitting.

June 29, 2017:  Crews were preparing the access point at Burnam with heavy equipment. (PHOTOS)

Worker using backhoe to dig up old pavement on Burnam Road.

June 27, 2017: This morning crews were doing paving work at the access points at Kentucky and University Heights. (PHOTOS)

Workers using shovels, backhoe moving gravel, and paving truck getting read to lay asphalt.

June 21, 2017:  Next phase of Providence Road Improvement Project scheduled to close Burnam access June 26-Aug. 13.  The Providence Road Improvement Project, which began construction May 15, is adding new traffic signals, turn lanes, a sidewalk, and signalized pedestrian crosswalks that will increase safety for drivers, nonmotorized transportation users and pedestrians at several locations. The first phase began with closing the access from Providence to Turner Avenue, Kentucky Boulevard and University Heights. Turner, originally scheduled to reopen by June 15, is now scheduled to reopen late on Friday, June 23; Kentucky Boulevard and University Heights are still on schedule to open by June 30. The next phase will close the access from Providence to Burnam Road/Burnam Avenue from June 26 to Aug. 13, weather permitting. Crews will be working on the roadway, a sidewalk and a traffic signal at this location. The sidewalk will be constructed along the south side of Burnam Road from Providence Road to Birch Road.

Map with Opening and Closing dates for side street access to Providence Road

June 5, 2017:  Columbia Public Works announced on Monday that north-bound Providence Road is scheduled to be restricted to one lane from Wednesday, June 7, at 7 p.m. to Thursday morning, June 8 at 7 a.m. The restriction on the north-bound lane of Providence Road is scheduled to occur between Rollins Street and Stewart Road for one evening, weather permitting. This lane restriction will allow Sam Gaines Construction to saw out and replace some pavement that is failing near Turner Avenue. Providence Road will not be closed, but motorists, nonmotorized transportation users and pedestrians are urged to use extreme caution in the work area. Minor delays are possible so use an alternate route at your discretion. Access to Kentucky, Turner and University Heights from Providence remains closed.

General Location Map of June 7 Lane Closure

Crew of workers laying concrete for sidewalk on Providence Road.

June 2, 2017: Improvements to the intersections at University Heights and Turner are going as planned.  New pavement at Turner is scheduled to be installed in the next week with the intersection on schedule to open by June 15, 2017, weather permitting.


Stop sign and street sign at S Fifth St and Rollins St

May 10, 2017: Sam Gaines Construction, the contractor for the project, plans to start in the early morning hours of Monday, May 15, and remove the barrier islands at Fifth and Rollins. This will serve as an alternative access point while Turner Avenue is closed.  Turner Avenue, University Heights and Kentucky Avenue are scheduled to close early Monday morning as well.  Lane closures on Providence are likely throughout this project but are scheduled to occur between the hours of 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. 


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