Columbia's Range Line Street to finally move forward

According to a recent Columbia Missourian article, improvements Columbia's Range Line Street are finally moving forward with needed bicycle and pedestrian improvements:
After years of discussion, public hearings and frustration with slow progress, the Columbia City Council will vote Monday on a $29.8 million plan to widen a 2.8-mile stretch of Missouri 763, also known as Range Line Street, from Big Bear Boulevard north to U.S. 63. . . .

Talk of widening Range Line Street has been circulating since the 1990s, most recently in this year’s Second Ward City Council election, as both Janku and competitor Brian Toohey cited the project as a top priority. In the past, difficulty in reaching an agreement resulted from cost conflicts, opposition among business owners to a raised median and the city’s strict sidewalk and pedway requirements. . . .

Under the highway department’s most recent proposal, the street would be widened to four 12-foot lanes with a 14-foot raised median. A seven-foot shoulder with bicycle lanes drawn in and a six-foot sidewalk would border each side of the street.