At last! Major sidewalk and pedestrian improvements in Business Rte 50 in Jefferson City | MoDOT

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Sidewalk improvements along Business Route 50 (Missouri Boulevard) in Jefferson City will begin on Monday, Aug. 8. The work will reconstruct existing deficient sidewalks to put them in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Crosswalks and pedestrian signals will be installed at multiple intersections.

Work will take place at the following Missouri Boulevard intersections:

Route 50
Route 54 eastbound ramps
Dunklin and Bolivar Streets
Route 54 westbound ramps and Delaware Street
Kansas Street

Work at Route 54 and Delaware Street, and Kansas Street all take place before the completion of the Missouri River Bridge painting project, which is scheduled for the fall. Work at Route 50, the Route 54 eastbound ramps, and Dunklin and Bolivar Streets will take place after the bridge has been reopened to traffic.

MoBikeFed comment: Business Route 50 is a major commercial area in the heart of Jefferson City, with residential and park areas immediately adjacent. The route was built with no sidewalks or pedestrian accommodations of any kind.

This situation has become increasingly untenable over the years, as major commercial, shopping, employment, and park districts have grown up along the route.

Better pedestrian access on Business Route 50 was one of the very top priorities in the Jefferson City Area for the High Priority Bike/Ped/ADA Projects List that we submitted to MoDOT in 2010.

MoDOT has continued to make progress on many of the projects on that list, as we see this summer in Jefferson City on Business Route 50.