Waco and Route B Intersection Improvement

 

Funding Fiscal Year: 
2017
Project Number:
C00650
Project Budget:
$380,000
Funding Source:
2015 Capital Improvement Sales Tax Annual Funds
Year Completed:
2017

Project Description: The necessity of intersection improvements at Waco Road and State Route B is prompted by the safety of commuters. Currently the four lanes and left turn lane on State Route B provides through movement while the two lanes of Waco Road must stop. From 2011 through 2015, there have been eight total crashes at this intersection, seven being injury crashes. The intersection improvements include mast arm signals, raised islands, pedestrian crosswalk, and restricted turning movements for the driveways located closest to the intersection.

Project Status: Project began Oct. 9, 2017. The traffic signal was activated on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017 at 9:30 a.m.

Project Manager: Nazmul Hussain, P.E.

Interested Parties Meeting: September 8, 2016

Public Hearing/Council Memo: November 7, 2016

Location Maps: 

Project Layout: IP Meeting Diagrams

Press Releases:  

Dec. 1, 2017

Oct. 4, 2017


PROGRESS UPDATES: 

Dec 5, 2017: New traffic signals at intersection of Waco and Route B went live at about 9:30 a.m.

Red Signal Ahead sign

Dec 1, 2017:

The City of Columbia Public Works Department announced on Dec. 1 that the new traffic signals at the intersection of State Route B and Waco Road are scheduled to begin operation on Tuesday, Dec. 5 after the morning traffic peak, weather permitting.

The Waco and Route B Intersection Improvement project, which began on Oct. 9, includes new mast arm signals, raised islands, pedestrian crosswalks and restricted turning movements for the driveways located closest to the intersection. 

The City of Columbia and the Missouri Department of Transportation-Central District worked together on the project. The estimated investment cost was $380,000 funded through the 2015 Capital Improvement Sales Tax.

Message boards will be posted in the area to alert motorists prior to turning on the signals. MoDOT also plans to add permanent safety indicators on Route B to alert motorists of the new signals.

“We are adding an advanced interactive warning sign which will warn motorists of a ‘red’ signal ahead,” MoDOT Senior Traffic Studies Specialist John Schaefer said. “We are also adding an additional signal head in the southbound direction, headed towards the City, due to the curvature of the road into the signal.”

From 2011 through 2015, there were eight crashes at this intersection with seven injuries. It is anticipated that the intersection will see increased traffic with the expansion of Kraft/Heinz and the future Aurora Dairy.  

“This is an important improvement for this corridor and heavily used intersection. This should substantially increase the safety of commuters and everyone working in this vital industrial area of the City,” Public Works Director David Nichols said.

Nov. 27, 2017: Crews from Meyer Electric are continuing to install traffic lights at the intersection of Route B and Waco today. Please use caution when passing through the work zone.Traffic light mast being installed.Infrastructure Improvement Sign

Two workers installing traffic signal, using a liftLift removing traffic mast from truck bed.

Nov. 9, 2017: Crews are continuing to install cement for islands, sidewalks, crosswalks and bases for the new signal poles and control panel at the intersection of Waco and Route B today. Delivery of the new signal poles is tentatively scheduled for early next week. Construction is on track to be completed by early December.

 3 workers doing cementTwo workers spreading cement.

cement Freshly laid sidewalk and islands  

Oct. 4, 2017:

Photograph of two large trucks and the Waco and Paris Road intersection

Columbia Public Works announced on Oct. 4 that Meyer Electric plans to begin work on the Waco and Route B Intersection Improvement project on Monday, Oct. 9, weather permitting.  

“Much needed improvements for this corridor and heavily used intersection should substantially increase the safety of commuters and everyone working in this vital industrial area of the city,” Public Works Director David Nichols said.

Currently, the four lanes on State Route B and the left-turn lane provide through movement while the two lanes of Waco Road must stop. The intersection will see increased traffic with the expansion of Kraft/Heinz and the future Aurora Dairy. From 2011 through 2015, there were eight crashes at this intersection, seven with injuries.

The intersection improvements include mast arm signals, raised islands, pedestrian crosswalks, and restricted turning movements for the driveways located closest to the intersection. 


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