A New and Improved
SCOTT BOULEVARD PHASE II - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q. When is Scott Blvd scheduled to reopen to two-way traffic?
A. Currently the roadway is scheduled to open to two-way traffic on Friday, August 8 by the end of the day. There will likely be small pieces of the project which will not be completed by August 8, however substantial completion is expected. Motorist should continue to be aware of finish work being done and expect an occasional delay or two.
As soon as the roadway are ready to reopen to two-way traffic, we will need to close Vawter School Road at Scott to allow for the completion of the approach to the round-about. Over 6 feet of fill will raise Vawter School Road to match the grade of the new round-about. The closure is scheduled to last no more than 21 days. North-south traffic on Scott Blvd will remain open during the Vawter School Road closure.
Q. Will the entrances and parking lots at the MKT Trail on Scott Boulevard remain open?
A. No. The entrances and parking lots at the MKT Trail on Scott Boulevard will be closed due to construction. The MKT Trail underpass will remain open and the trail from Flatbranch Park to the State maintained portion of the trail will be accessible unless flooding occurs.
Q. Will emergency services still be able to respond from the fire station on Scott Boulevard near Vawter School Road?
A. Yes. We have made accommodations for movement into and out of Boone County Fire Protection District station 14 on Scott Boulevard.
We have worked for almost two years with all emergency services including law enforcement, fire, and ambulance services so that they can make route adjustments. Advanced planning will allow emergency services to respond with minimal increases in response times. It should be noted that when this section of the roadway floods, emergency services must reroute. With the new roadway above the 100 year flood level, unexpected closures due to high water should be reduced or eliminated.
Q. Will the new bridge be four (4) lanes?
A. No. Current projections to 2020 do not show the need currently for a four lane roadway or bridge. However, the bridge design is such that it will allow for future expansion to four lanes when and if needed.
Q. Why was a temporary bridge not constructed to keep Scott Blvd open during this phase of the construction?
A. The vital utilities on either side of the roadway corridor simply do not allow for a temporary bridge to be sandwiched into the corridor. The main 36" water line which supplies Columbia with all of it's fire protection and drinking water lies just under 30' west of the new bridge A 24" water line lies just to the east of the new bridge. Overhead electric utilities also lie just to the west of the new bridge. Trying to avoid all of these utilities to build a temporary bridge would have added an unacceptable risk to water and electric services and millions of dollars and increased construction time to the project.
Q. Will the new bridge be constructed with bike lanes on one or both sides?
A. Yes. The bridge is designed and will be built with bike lanes on both the north and south-bound sides of the bridge as well as the entire length of the Phase II construction. Phase III will be designed with bike lanes and sidewalks as well.
Q. Will the new roundabout at Scott Blvd. and Vawter School Road have marked pedestrian crossings?
A. Yes. There will be marked pedestrian crossings on all legs of the the roundabout and each crossing will also have a pedestrian refuge area in the approach islands on each leg of the roundabout.
Q. Will Public Works monitor the suggested alternate routes to ensure they are handling the increased traffic efficiently?
A. Yes. We will monitor traffic on the suggested alternate routes and potentially make adjustments to signal timing if needed.
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