MoDOT updating sidewalks on two major Columbia roads |

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Sidewalk sections along Paris Road will be replaced from Brown Station Road to Business Loop 70. Sidewalks from Business Loop 70 to Stadium Boulevard along College Avenue also will be improved.

The portions of sidewalk being replaced do not meet slope standards set by the Americans with Disabilities Act. Sidewalks being replaced range in slope from 2.1 percent to about 5 percent, said Ben Ross, vice president of engineering for Engineering Surveys and Services. The ADA maximum is 2 percent.

Dusenberg said engineers also are evaluating crosswalks to possibly upgrade pedestrian signals to meet other ADA standards.

MoBikeFed comment: An underappreciated fact about MoDOT is the improvements the agency has made in accommodating for pedestrians. It was not so long ago that sidewalks were an afterthought--or no thought at all--for MoDOT.

Today, MoDOT evaluates the need for pedestrian safety and access on **every one of its projects**. In areas where sidewalks are needed, this generally results in more sidewalk connections, improved sidewalks, sidewalks that meet modern ADA standards, and new crosswalks and pedestrian signalized intersections where needed.

These are small, routine steps to take--but steps that result in a far more walkable environment in Missouri communities.

MoDOT controls so many thousands of miles of roads in Missouri communities beyond the interstate freeways that we usually associate with the state DOT, that make this type of attention to pedestrian access on some of the main roads in every Missouri city and town is absolutely essential.