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Officials are preparing to do a safety assessment of Missouri Boulevard later this month.

On May 26, crews will look for gaps in safety measures along Missouri Boulevard from West Main Street all the way to the other side of the Highway 179 overpass.

From 2011 to 2014, there were a total of 1,084 crashes along the 3.4 mile stretch of Missouri Boulevard, according to Jefferson City Senior Transportation Planner Sonny Sanders. Of those crashes, six involved a pedestrian or bicyclist and three of those resulted in someone being disabled.

"Our own studies have shown that, I believe, six out of 10 highest accident intersections in the Jefferson City area are along Missouri Boulevard," Sanders said.

The goal of the assessment is to make Missouri Boulevard safer for pedestrians, bicyclists and transit users. Crews will look for things such as areas that need crosswalks, pedestrian signals or sidewalks.

MoBikeFed comment: Missouri Boulevard in Jefferson City is one of the High Priority Bike/Ped Projects identified during our cooperative work with MoDOT and numerous partners around the state in 2010. Since that time, Missouri Boulevard has seen some major improvements, but many more are needed.