Officials discuss Missouri Boulevard pedestrian safety assessment findings - KMIZ

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Safety improvements are one step closer to coming to Missouri Boulevard in Jefferson City.

ABC 17 News reported in May, federal, state and city officials examined areas along the busy road looking for safety gaps.

Wednesday, the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, or CAMPO, board of directors met to discuss the findings of the study and to talk about solutions.

One of the biggest needed improvements was installing continuous sidewalks and ADA ramps, especially on the north side of the boulevard.

"For those that have disabilities, physical disabilities, it's very dangerous for those people on the sidewalk on the north side of the street," CAMPO Transportation Planner Alex Rotenberry said.

Another suggested solution was to put more crosswalks and pedestrian signals along the street as well as "pedestrian refuge islands" or a place for people to stop and wait safely in the center of the road while trying to cross.

MoBikeFed comment: Pedestrian and bicycle access on Missouri Boulevard in Jefferson City has been at or near the top of our statewide priority list for many years.

Missouri Blvd was built as a four-lane, high-speed boulevard with no sidewalk or bicycle access. As one of the main thoroughfares in Jefferson City, it soon became a significant commercial, shopping, and work center for the city--but still no pedestrian or bicycle access.

Completion of both the north and south sidewalks on Missouri Blvd were top-30 projects in MoBikeFed's statewide Priority Project list for MoDOT, created in 2011.

It is good to see steady progress on improving pedestrian access on Missouri Boulevard.