A New and Improved
March 12, 2014 - Many continuing to ask why we did not building a temporary roadway and bridge. The reasoning is the very narrow utility corridor in which the existing bridge and the new bridge lie between. With the scale of utilities, there was no where to go to the east or the west with a temporairy roadway and bridge. On the west side of the bridge are significant overhead electric lines. While these could be moved, it would come at a significant expense and add significant time to the project. The water utilities are the critical reason we did not proceed with a temporary road and bridge during construction. 27 feet to the west of the current bridge is the 36 inch water main which provides Columbia with it's drinking and fire protection water. This line was nicked once several years ago and was almost disastorus. 30 feet to the east of the bridge is a 24 inch high pressure water main. This line too was nicked a few years ago and a significant loss of water occured along with disruptions in service.
And additional aspect we considered is the Hinkson Creek itself. Building a temporary bridge and roadway would require significantly more construction equipment in and around the Hinkson. In addition there are old growth tree's along the creek which would have to be removed to construct a temporary bridge and roadway.
Click here for a map showing the utilities and tree growth which would be endanged.
March 11, 2013 - Traffic engineers have been out monitoring the traffic flow on Nifong, Forum, Chapel Hill, and other routes again this week. We've made some additional adjustments to the timing of the signals, (eastbound left turn to northbound Forum) as well as monitoring other signalized intersections. Thanks for your reports on how the adjustments are working.
March 3, 2013 - Project web cam is live. Picture is updated every 15 minutes.
February 21, 2014 - Scott Blvd. will CLOSE on Monday, March 3 at 7:00. Scott Blvd. between Bellview Drive to just south of the existing Hinkson Creek bridge will be closed. The roadway and existing bridge will be removed and rebuilt during the project. Park access to both Scott Blvd. and J. Dix Station will be CLOSED. The trail access will remain open during the construction. The intersection of Scott Blvd. and Vawter School Road will remain open to west/south traffic on Vawter to Scott and north/east traffic on Scott to Vawter. (See commuter alternative map for details.) Park access is scheduled to reopen, weather permitting, around mid-July. The new Scott Blvd. roadway and bridge is scheduled to be open to two-way traffic, weather permitting, by August 8, 2014.
February 11, 2014 - Emery Sapp and Son's (ES&S) has been awarded the bid ($4,937,967.25) to construct Phase II of the Scott Blvd. corridor. Currently there is no official date when construction of Phase II will begin. A construction closing date will be announced soon. We do encourage residents/motorist who will be affected by the closure to begin exploring and using alternative routes.
December 26, 2013 - Columbia Public Works has listened to our customers and have worked hard to incorporate their concerns into the construction plan. The Director of Public Works stated that the intersection of Vawter School Road and Scott Blvd. would remain open for through traffic during 90% of the project. There will be a three week window during the project, weather dependent, which the intersection must be closed to all traffic. While it will increase the overall cost of the project, our customers have stated they are willing to increase the cost to avoid a full closure of the intersection. Traffic will continue to move north from Scott to east on Vawter School Road/Nifong Blvd., and west on Vawter School Road to south on Scott Blvd. Due to construction limitations, the bridge and a portion of Scott Blvd. between Bellview Drive and Vawter School must still be closed to all traffic throughout the project.
Welcome. This web site was created to keep you, our customer, informed concerning the Scott Boulevard Corridor project. The Scott Boulevard Corridor begins in northeast Columbia at State Route E and continues south through western Columbia to State Route K.
The improvements to Scott Boulevard are being completed in phases as funding allows. Phase I was completed in 2009. Phase II will begin in 2014 and Phase III is scheduled to begin in 2016. The northern phase of the project which involves an interchange at I-70 is unfunded.
We hope you will take this journey with us as we work to improve one of Columbia's major roadways and will stop by this site often to learn about the projects and to view the progress as we begin Phase II. Check out the ever expanding Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ'S) page from time to time as well.
We're also listening to you. If you have specific concerns during the project, please call us at (573) 874-7250 or email us at PubW@GoColumbiaMo.com