A New and Improved
NEWS CONCERNING SCOTT BOULEVARD PHASE II
Weekly Update for the week of April 14
The contractor continues to make progress on the project despite Mondays return to winter with snow showers. This photo was taken from the north looking south from the point of the new bridge approach. The drastic change in elevation of the new bridge and roadway is evident in the photo. This elevation change will prevent flooding and closures of the roadway.
April 17, 2014 - POSTPONED! The planned closure will not take place the week of April 21. We will issue a release when a new closure date has been established.
On Monday, April 21 at 7:00 am, the intersection of Bellview and Scott Blvd. will close to allow new storm water pips to be constructed. The intersection is scheduled to reopen on Friday, April 25 by 5:00 PM, weather permitting. Residents on Bellview should use Bethany Drive as an alternative route.
April 7, 2014 - The new box culvert under Scott Blvd at the MKT trail is now open and connected to the trail. The old box tunnel will be demolished and used for fill on the site. Of course, you are still asked to use caution on the trail in the construction area.
April 3, 2014 - Interested parties meeting was held on Thursday, April 3 at Millcreek Elementary School. About 20 folks braved the rain and attended the meeting to learn about the next phase of the Scott Blvd Corridor improvements. The meeting materials can be viewed by clicking on the "Project Phases" tab above and then clicking the link "Phase III".
March 28, 2014 - Temporary traffic control measures to help mitigate traffic delays on Chapel Hill and Forum Blvd will begin on Monday, March 31. Each weekday between the hours of 4:00 and 6:00 p.m., the entrance to the Missouri Athletic Center on Forum Blvd at Hinkson creek will allow for right-in and right-out traffic only. Motorist traveling south who need to turn into the MAC should proceed south to Shoreside and execute a U-turn in a safe manor. Read more ...
March 24, 2014 - The new underpass for users of the MKT is well
underway. The surface and walls were poured the week of March 17 and the top
deck (roof) is scheduled to be poured on Monday, March 24 weather permiting.
Also scheduled to begin this week is the demolition of the current bridge over
Hinkson Creek. The project is currently on time and on budget. You can watch
progress at the site by clicking on the "Web Cam" view at the top of this page.
March 21, 2014 - Thanks to our followers who provided us with constructive feedback from their experiences with the temporary traffic control measures we tested on Forum and Scott Blvd. We are evaluating the results and of course we're going to watch next week when we think traffic volumes will be lower during Spring Break. We'll share our findings and plans with you as soon as possible.
March 17, 2014 - Columbia Public Works and Columbia Police to conduct tests to determine effectiveness of temporary traffic control measures related to the Scott Blvd closure. Since the March 3 closure of Scott Blvd between Bellview Drive and Vawter School Road, Columbia Public Works traffic engineers have been closely and carefully monitoring traffic flows on alternate routes. During this time, signal timing has been adjusted at several intersections including Nifong at Forum, Chapel Hill at Forum, Stadium at Forum, and Route K at Providence Road. On Wednesday, March 19 and 20, Columbia Public Works will create a right in – right out at the entrance to the Missouri Athletic Center on Forum just south of the MKT trail entrance between the hours of 4:00 and 6:00 PM. This will allow evaluation of traffic flow when restricting left turns during evening peak travel times. On the same dates and times, Columbia Police will control traffic at Chapel Hill and Limerick and Chapel Hill and Fairview. These two intersections are controlled by four-way stops. During the week of spring break, traffic engineers will evaluate traffic flows on Forum and Chapel Hill while Columbia Public Schools, some private schools, and local colleges and universities are not in session. The data collected from both tests will be evaluated to determine if additional traffic control measures should be implemented to assist with traffic flows during peak travel times during the Scott Blvd closure and if so, when. It also appears that capacity on Route K is under utilized during peak traffic times. Additional motorist may benefit by taking Scott Blvd south to Route K and then travelling east to Providence Road and then north. This could reduce traffic flows on Nifong Blvd, Forum Blvd, and Chapel Hill during peak traffic hours. Columbia Public Works will communicate the findings of the tests and any additional action we may implement as the result of these test. We continue to appreciate our customer’s patience while we work to complete the Scott Blvd roadwork as quickly as possible. The contractor clearly understands the importance of opening Scott Blvd to two-way traffic by August. Project progress, including a project web cam, can be monitored on the project web site at www.ScottBv.com. A map showing where southbound traffic on Forum Blvd. can turn back northbound due to right in and right out restrictions at the MAC.
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 temporary 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 disastrous. 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 occurred 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 endangered.
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.
February 11, 2014 - Beginning on Wednesday, February 12 at 8:00 am, a sub-contractor for Emery Sapp and Son's, will begin preliminary work for utility relocation and future sidewalk construction on the west side of Scott Blvd., between Bellview Drive and Vawter School Road.
During this work, no disruption to traffic is expected to occur. Motorist should however use caution in the area and be aware of workmen and equipment in proximity to the roadway.
February 10, 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.
January 28, 2014 - Currently there is no official date when construction of Phase II will begin. We are in the process of awarding the bid and a pre-construction meeting with the contractor is scheduled to take place this week. 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.
January 14, 2014 -Utility corridor work will begin on Thursday, January 16 along Scott Blvd. near the intersection of Vawter School Road. This work will require the closure of the sidewalk on the north side of Vawter School road from just west of the convenience/gas station to Scott Blvd. and on the east side of Scott Blvd. from Vawter School to just south of the Boone County Fire Protection District Station 14. Motorist should use caution in the area as work will occur very close to the roadway. No roadway closures are scheduled as a result of this work. The work is scheduled to take 6-8 weeks and is weather dependent.
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.
On Tuesday, October 29, Public Works staff along with representatives from the Columbia Fire Department, Boone County Fire Protection District, and Columbia Water & Light hosted an Open House at Mill Creek Elementary School to present information on the Scott Blvd. Phase II project. Between 40 and 50 people attended the meeting.
News coverage of the Open House can be viewed here -