The Broadway Corridor currently lacks a clear and coherent identity. It is comprised of a series of distinct districts varying widely in their level of improvement, development type, and overall image. The corridor-wide bicycle/pedestrian infrastructure envisioned in the Broadway Corridor Plan provide a development framework to promote a high quality public environment that supports and enhances existing development and encourages bicycle and pedestrian activity.
Where feasible, gateway features such as a parks, or landscaped areas are recommended to reinforce the transitions along the Broadway Corridor. To further develop the corridor’s identity, other streetscape improvements may be incorporated such as vertical banners, street trees, pedestrian scale lighting and signage and public art works.
There are a number of important community facilities, parks, trails, and planned improvements which significantly contribute to the character and identity of the Broadway. The following provides a brief overview:
Broadway/Route WW Widening Project: A funded MoDOT project to widening Broadway to four lanes from east of Old 63 to Brickton Road. This project will include a new bridge over Hinkson that will accommodate both bicycles and pedestrian traffic on both sides. Included with the widening are sidewalk and pedway and a signalized crosswalk at the intersection with the realigned Trimble Road.
City of Columbia Trails: The proposed extension of the Hinkson Creek Trail will intersect with the City of Columbia's existing trail system
Columbia's Public Sculpture: A virtual tour of selected works of publicly accessible art, many of which are located in the Broadway Corridor.
City of Columbia - Stephens Lake Park: This major City park is one of the corridor’s main assets. As a major entrance point into the City, the Stephen’s Park and area east of Hinkson Creek could be further emphasized as a prominent gateway feature. Work is underway to complete Phase One of the park's Master Plan, which features an internal trail system, the Hinkson Creek Trail, and pedway along Broadway
The City Center: The City Center section includes Boone Hospital, the campus of Stephens College, the downtown, the District area, and the Columbia Library. This section of Broadway represents the transition from the auto-oriented development to the more pedestrian oriented environment of the District. The character of this section could be reinforced to reflect the design and linkage to the downtown area and create a seamless transition to the District.
Shelter Insurance: Home to Shelter Gardens, the Shelter Insurance office complex features a public fountain and park-like setting provide a distinctive character and attractive pedestrian environment.